Objectives : The purpose of our study was to evaluate the duration, effectiveness, and complications associated with a new operating technique for varicocele, using a subinguinal surgical approach and antegrade sclerotization of the spermatic veins. Methods : A total of 756 varicocele patients who came under our care for infertility underwent surgical treatment with our technique. The diagnosis was based on clinical examination and confirmed by color-Doppler ultrasound of the spermatic cord. Only patients with continuous basal reflux inside the left spermatic vein detected in orthostatism underwent operation. The Colpi technique was used, which consists of a subinguinal incision with suspension of the spermatic cord; cord clamping for 8-10 minutes using two elastic bands; and injection of 1.5-3 mL of sclerosing agent during induced ischemia without any intraoperative radiological control. Results : The average operating time was 25 minutes (range: 18-45 minutes). At the 3-month postoperative follow-up, there were 15 cases of persistent reflux (1.9%), 6 cases of hydrocele requiring surgical correction (0.7%), and 50 cases of fibrotic sequelae of penile lymphangiitis (6.6%). Conclusions : The new technique was more effective than the previous ones, with the exception of the microsurgical technique, which, however, takes 2-3 times longer to perform. The only significant complication was superficial single-vessel lymphangiitis of the penis, which resolved within 3 months with no apparent consequences. In conclusion, this new operating technique for varicocele is simpler to perform and may be effective compared with other techniques.
Antegrade subinguinal sclerotization with temporary clamping of the spermatic cord: a new surgical technique for varicocele / M. Mancini, L. Carmignani, A. Agarwal, F. Ciociola, F. Pasqualotto, M.F. Castiglioni, G. Piediferro, G.M. Colpi. - In: UROLOGY. - ISSN 0090-4295. - 77:1(2011 Jan), pp. 223-226.
|Titolo:||Antegrade subinguinal sclerotization with temporary clamping of the spermatic cord: a new surgical technique for varicocele|
|Parole Chiave:||Spermatic Cord; Adolescent; Adult; Constriction; Humans; Inguinal Canal; Male; Middle Aged; Sclerotherapy; Time Factors; Urologic Surgical Procedures, Male; Varicocele; Young Adult|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/24 - Urologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||gen-2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2010.02.028|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|