Laparoscopic surgery for adolescent varicocele: preliminary report on 80 patients

J Pediatr Surg. 1996 Nov;31(11):1488-90. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90161-x.


Laparoscopic clipping and division of the internal spermatic vessels was performed without complications in 80 adolescents to treat varicocele. In four cases the procedure had to be converted to open surgery. Two of the cases were converted because of technical errors during CO2 insufflation and in two cases because dissection of the vessels was impossible owing to abnormal adhesion of sigmoid colon. At 6 months' follow-up there was only one relapse. Only one hydrocele was noted postoperatively, and testicular size did not decrease in any patient. The authors believe that laparoscopic varicocelectomy is a simple, safe, and effective surgical procedure, which could be proposed as an alternative to open surgical or percutaneous embolization approaches. However, much more experience is needed to obtain a definitive conclusion.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy* / adverse effects
  • Laparoscopy* / methods
  • Male
  • Recurrence
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Varicocele / surgery*