How to Prepare for a Varicocele Embolization

Tell your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or to contrast materials (also known as "dye" or "X-ray dye"). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.

You will receive specific instructions on how to prepare, including any changes that need to be made to your regular medication schedule.

If you are going to be given a sedative during the procedure, you may not eat for eight hours before your exam; you may have clear liquids up until four hours before your procedure.

You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.