An epididymectomy is used to treat severe chronic pain caused by epididymitis. This procedure is used in instances in which non-surgical methods such as anti-inflammatory drugs have failed to alleviate the condition. While a spermatic cord block with Marcaine can be administered to significantly reduce the pain associated with the condition, in some cases, this technique only provides the patient temporary relief.
The epididymectomy procedure is recommended for cases in which chronic epididymitis is severe and the patient is unresponsive to other types of treatment. It may also be used to treat post-vasectomy pain syndrome — a rare but potentially debilitating condition.
As with any medical procedure for treating chronic pain, there’s no guarantee that an epididymectomy will entirely resolve the patient’s pain or discomfort.
The epididymectomy procedure is preceded by a consultation and medical assessment.
This involves a medical questionnaire and a physical examination.
During this initial appointment, the doctor will also explain the procedure to the patient. Generally, the spermatic cord block is scheduled for another day, though in some cases, it can be administered during the first appointment following the consultation and assessment. After the spermatic cord block procedure, an appointment is scheduled for the epididymectomy.
Please note that the epididymectomy procedure can only be performed at Dr. Carlos Marois’s private urology clinic.