I took medications such as tramadol, Tylenol, and occasional celebrex nearly everyday for many years post embolization, which was my final surgery. Like many, I choose medications, and other conservative measures such as stretching, staying active, etc over the alternative which was more unpredictable surgery.
Compared to may men I know, I am doing quite well, but things certainly aren’t perfect. I do get a lot of pain free time, pain free~ days, weeks, etc, or at least for the most part. My main trigger is ejaculating, especially if I start doing it to often.
I don’t take much medications anymore, but still keep stuff around for them moments. Simple stuff like Tylenol will generally get me through any rough patches.
My first reversal helped me some, although the recovery was pretty rough, and it was basically a dud fertility wise. I had my second (a redo reversal) a year~ after my first reversal, the recovery was night and day different than my first (better), and it was a major success fertility wise. Unfortunately, it failed around the 2~ year mark.
I didn’t get way worse when the redo failed either. Honestly, I’d say the blood congestion varicocele stuff was overriding the spermatic congestion stuff at that point. I still believe I suffer from both conditions, but varicocele/nerve is at the top of the list (my educated opinion).
Ultimately, I wish I would’ve waited things out for at least 12-18+ months before moving forward with the varicocele embolization procedure which I had 6~months post redo reversal.
In all honesty, and obviously, I wish I never had the embolization procedure.
Moving forward again…
I basically let money dictate my decision to move forward with the embolization so swiftly. I’d meet my insurance deductible for the year, and if I had it done by years end, the cost was next to nothing. Ultimately, I still paid for it, except I paid with my life.
I had a handful of respected doctors, urologists, etc, advising me at that point in my life. All but one figured I’d be ok post embolization. That one urologist that said nay turned out to be correct. His concern regarding varicocele embolization was vascular congestion, and I’d say he was definitely right.
On a side note, I’m more of a believer in the ideology that the benefits of a full clean up reversal that includes fertility isn’t usually the fertility aspect. I’m more of a believer in the full clean up aspect helping the majority~ vs the fertility aspect. Once again, just my educated opinion, and not to be confused with absolute fact.