The evolution and refinements of varicocele surgery

Asian J Androl. Mar-Apr 2016;18(2):171-8. doi: 10.4103/1008-682X.170866.


Varicoceles had been recognized in clinical practice for over a century. Originally, these procedures were utilized for the management of pain but, since 1952, the repairs had been mostly for the treatment of male infertility. However, the diagnosis and treatment of varicoceles were controversial, because the pathophysiology was not clear, the entry criteria of the studies varied among centers, and there were few randomized clinical trials. Nevertheless, clinicians continued developing techniques for the correction of varicoceles, basic scientists continued investigations on the pathophysiology of varicoceles, and new outcome data from prospective randomized trials have appeared in the world's literature. Therefore, this special edition of the Asian Journal of Andrology was proposed to report much of the new information related to varicoceles and, as a specific part of this project, the present article was developed as a comprehensive review of the evolution and refinements of the corrective procedures.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microsurgery / history
  • Microsurgery / methods
  • Spermatic Cord / surgery
  • Varicocele / history
  • Varicocele / surgery*