After doing much research on it and consulting a urologist, I will be getting a varicocele removed next week. I hear this might be able to boost testosterone and at any rate isn't going to hurt, except it will be about 3 weeks - a month before i can train again, possibly longer for really intense workouts depending how i recover. I was wondering what would help me maintain muscle mass in this time off? I'm an ectomorph so I don't keep it on very easy, anybody have any advice? And on a side note, has anybody had a varicocele removed and know anything about what scarring I can expect (it's being done by incision not embolism)?