We are home from Hopkins and everything went very well with Sean's varicocele embolization!
The surgery took about 2 1/2 hours and he was under "twilight" sedation. Recovery was longer than we expected - 3 hours. They needed to make sure there wasn't any bleeding from the incision (they went in through a vein) so he had to lay flat for an hour, then sit a little way up, then eat, then stand & walk to make sure that under stress there was no rupture. He had a little bleeding at one point, but it turned out just to be skin deep - not a rupture or hematoma. The doctor said it was a very routine procedure and everything looked good.
Sean did great until he was released. Then the motion of long trip in the wheelchair (Hopkins is HUGE) and several elevator rides caught up with him and the vomiting began. Poor thing - motion & meds never did agree with him. He was out of sight of the nurses though so he was a free bird :) We headed out and with the help of the air, ice chips and a cold pack for the car, he made it home and is now resting on the couch. He said the pain is tolerable, but uncomfortable - like he was on the receiving end of a swift kick or 2 to the "nether regions." YIKES!!! He has pain meds if needed.
Now the waiting begins to see how successful it really was. He should be back to normal activity by the weekend, the pain he had from the varicocele should diminish within a few weeks, and improvement in sperm counts should happen in 3-6 months.
It was an incredibly long day & we are both pooped! Chicken soup is on the menu for tonight!
As always, thank you for your love and support!!