How long does it take for the varicocele to disappear after surgery?

We hope that varicose vein resection will eliminate swelling, discomfort, and other symptoms as soon as possible. However, recovery is not the same for everyone.

In some people, swollen veins are still visible after surgery and may take longer than usual to disappear completely.

For example, if you have a percutaneous embolization, it only takes a day or two to recover and the swollen veins disappear quickly. However, if you have a laparoscopic varicose vein resection, it may take 2-4 weeks to see the visible results of the treatment. And with open surgery, the duration can be increased by up to 3-6 weeks.

Therefore, as you can see, there is no specific answer as to how long it will take for the varicocele to disappear after surgery. The best you can do is pay attention to your health and follow your doctor’s instructions to speed up the recovery process. Only then will the swollen veins of the scrotum disappear immediately.

You need to be aware that swollen veins (veins) are only tied together and have altered blood flow pathways. The veins are not completely detached. This means that you can see the affected veins even after surgery. The only difference is that it is not connected to other veins in the body. Therefore, it no longer causes pain or affects sperm production.

You should rest properly within 24 hours of undergoing varicocele surgery. Depending on your treatment procedure, you may be able to return to normal activity and resume work within a week. However, a complete cure takes almost a month. In the meantime, we recommend that you follow the guidelines below to recover.

Physical activity

For physical comfort, your doctor will advise you to wear a jockstrap or athletic supporter for at least two weeks after surgery. In addition to that, the other tips below will help you to recover quickly.

  • Start walking the day after surgery. After that, walk a little more than the day before. Keep doing that and increase your walking time little by little every day. Walking improves blood flow in the body and helps prevent constipation.
  • Avoid strenuous activities such as cycling, jogging and weightlifting for at least 3 weeks after surgery. Start exercising only when your doctor says it’s okay.
  • Do not lift more than 10 pounds or 4.5 kg for at least a week. This includes lifting shopping bags, milk containers, and even children and pets.
  • Always consult your doctor before returning to work. If you have a sitting job, the doctor will allow you to return to work. But if your job requires physical effort, your doctor may advise you on it.
  • Avoid driving until your doctor approves.
  • Also, consult your doctor before indulging in any kind of sexual activity.

Diet tips

No special diet care is required after surgery for varicocele. You can eat a normal meal. Also, if you have stomach upset, try switching to a low-fat, tasteless, dry diet consisting of regular rice, toast, yogurt, or grilled chicken.

You may also feel constipation for the first few days after surgery. But that’s a common problem. If necessary, take fiber supplements daily to rehydrate. Talk to your doctor if you haven’t had bowel movements for a day or two.


After surgery, it is clear that doctors will prescribe medications such as antibiotics and painkillers. If you already have prescription medications that you are taking daily, your doctor will adjust the medications after surgery and give you instructions on how to take them.

  • If you are taking aspirin or other anticoagulants, do not resume until your doctor approves.
  • If your doctor prescribes some painkillers, take them as directed.
  • If you are not taking painkillers, but feel pain and need to use over-the-counter medications, do not use them without consulting your doctor.
  • Follow the instructions and follow the antibiotic course. Do not stop taking it just because you feel good.

The drug plays a major role in ensuring that venous swelling and bruises disappear as soon as possible, and you do not have to worry about post-surgery infections.

Incision care

An incision is usually made around the abdomen or groin to access the swollen veins of the scrotum. If necessary, the surgeon may stitch the incision or leave it open, depending on size.

  • During the first few days, a thin, clear, pinkish liquid may drain from the incision. For this reason, if you have laparoscopic or laparotomy, your doctor will ask you not to take a bath for at least 5 days. For microsurgery or embolization, it may be necessary to avoid bathing for a day or two.
  • You can gently wash the incision with warm soapy water. However, be sure to keep the area dry.
  • If there is tape on the incision, leave it on until it peels off naturally.
  • You may feel a hard ridge at the incision. And that’s normal too. When the incision heals properly, the skin becomes soft and the ridges are less noticeable.

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Recovery guidelines are the key to ensuring that varicocele disappears immediately after surgery. If you don’t follow these tips, your body will take longer to heal and your veins will be visible for longer periods of time.

Therefore, we have listed the important steps that need to be taken to ensure that the swelling of the veins disappears quickly. In addition to this, it is also essential to visit the surgeon to book a follow-up. In this way, your doctor can monitor your recovery and give you an estimate of how long it will take for the veins to disappear completely.

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