"LIKE A KICK IN THE GROIN" - MEN SUFFERING WITH CHRONIC TESTICULAR PAIN FINALLY FIND RELIEF

Published On: 03/23/2016

Men describe chronic testicle pain as a “kick in the groin,” “like being constantly crushed or squeezed,” and “a constant, incredible ache.” The problem many men find is that not many physicians understand the origins of chronic testicular pain (CTP) or know how to accurately diagnose this chronic condition. Fortunately, there is relief for men with this condition.

David Fenig, M.D., urologist and male fertility and sexual health expert with Chesapeake Urology in Columbia/Maple Lawn, Maryland,  is one of the few urologists in the Mid-Atlantic region trained in a specialized microsurgical procedure to relieve the constant pain men have with CTP. Known as denervation of the spermatic cord or “cord stripping,” this complex procedure addresses the tiny nerves in a man’s spermatic cord that carry the pain signals. The result is instant relief for the men who suffer from this severe condition.  

[Learn more about treatment for chronic testicle pain: http://www.drfenig.com/specialites/microsurgery/microsurgical-denervation-of-the-spermatic-cord/]

“Chronic testicle pain can greatly affect a man’s quality of life. Many patients come to me at wits end,” said Dr. Fenig. “The good news is, this specialized surgical procedure has a very high success rate and is often life-changing for my patients who have been living with chronic pain, often with no known cause.”

About Chronic Testicular Pain (CTP)

CTP is also known as chronic epididymitis (pain in the epididymis) and chronic orchitis (pain in the testicle). The pain is different for each individual and men with CTP often describe the pain as a burning, throbbing or constant pulsing pain or dull ache in the scrotal area or in the testicles themselves.

Common causes of chronic testicle pain may include:

  • A previous vasectomy or other surgery in the pelvic area
  • Infection
  • Trauma to the testicle
  • A history of epididymitis or orchitis
  • Varicoceles
  • Idiopathic (unknown cause)

 

Surgical Procedure Stops the Pain

Denervation of the spermatic cord is a microsurgical procedure performed by a highly skilled urologist trained in microsurgery. According to Dr. Fenig, this surgery has a high success rate and preserves the physiological function of the testes. Using a high powered operating microscope, Dr. Fenig separates and removes the tissue carrying small nerves in the spermatic cord, eliminating or reducing the nerves carrying the pain signals. The arteries to the testicle and lymphatics (drainage vessels) are left untouched.

“Chronic testicle pain is different for every patient, which is why an individualized approach and a comprehensive evaluation to try to determine the cause of the pain is important,” explains Dr. Fenig. “Before we turn to surgery, we will rule out infection and some men respond well to nerve blocks to reduce the pain. But in the end, denervation surgery is often the most effective treatment for men with CTP, returning them to a pain free life."

“Dr. Fenig Was My Last Hope”

Just ask any of Dr. Fenig’s patients who have undergone the denervation procedure just how much relief they have experienced. Patient Chris M. said he was in agony for close to one year with chronic testicle pain following colon surgery.

“Dr. Fenig is an expert,” said Chris.  “This is his specialty.  CTP is not a well-known specialty, but he knows how to treat it.  He’s on the cutting edge.”

Dr. Fenig performed Chris’ denervation surgery which completely eliminated his pain.   “It was a stress-free surgery,” explained Chris.  “Dr. Fenig cut the nerve that was causing the pain.  I went home after surgery and I’ve been fine ever since.”

Chris added, “Until I went to Chesapeake Urology and Dr. Fenig, no one wanted to deal with my condition; they just passed me on.  The doctors I consulted looked at me like it was in my head. Dr. Fenig was my last hope.  I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found him.”

[Read Chris M.’s story]

Find relief from chronic testicular pain - For information on CTP and treatment options, visit Dr. David Fenig’s website, or call (877) 699-2699 to make an appointment.