Studies support continued role for varicocelectomy

February 1, 2002

Varicocele was first recognized by Lawrence Dubin, MD, and Richard D.Amelar, MD, as the male reproductive anatomic anomaly most amenable to surgicalcorrection. Varicocelectomy has long since played an important role in theurologist's toolbox. Yet with the emergence of intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a variantof in vitro fertilization in which a single sperm is injected into an ovum,some have questioned the utility of all forms of reproductive therapy otherthan assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). Among many papers presentedat the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting-and reportedin this issue of Urology Times-several supported the continued role forvaricocelectomy.