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    Basic Considerations Before Undergoing Vasectomy Reversal

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Before undergoing any type of surgery, including a vasectomy reversal, it’s important to speak at length with the surgeon about the procedure itself, the results you can expect, and the post-operative instructions for recovery. However, for a vasectomy reversal, there are a number of other factors to consider. Before you meet with the vasectomy reversal surgeon, you may wish to write a list of questions you have, including questions regarding the following topics.

    Ensuring the Health of the Partner

    A vasectomy reversal is unique among surgical techniques because the health of a man’s partner is an important consideration. Many couples struggle with both male and female infertility. Before having this procedure, it’s a good idea for the female partner to undergo reproductive health tests to establish that she is physically able to conceive a child and sufficiently healthy to bring the child to term.

    Obtaining Medical Clearance

    Most men do not require special medical tests before having a vasectomy reversal. However, those who are taking medications for hypertension should have a basic blood test to ensure safety with the anesthesia. Men with significant medical conditions may need to obtain medical clearance from a primary care physician.

    Having Multiple Vasectomy Reversals

    Some men who have previously had an unsuccessful vasectomy reversal may be candidates for another procedure. The vasectomy reversal surgeon will consider a number of factors when deciding whether to recommend this, such as whether any complications occurred, whether sperm was present, and whether the first surgeon specialized in vasectomy reversals.

    Financing the Procedure

    Obtaining financing for a vasectomy reversal is another important factor to consider. This procedure is not often covered by insurance. However, if it is done out of medical necessity, the vasectomy reversal surgeon may be able to provide documents to the insurance company to obtain coverage. Men may also wish to look for a vasectomy reversal surgeon who offers in-house financing or payment plans.

    Patient education is a priority at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Before men undergo this procedure to resolve male infertility, we invite them to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua Green to learn about other important factors to consider. Give us a call today at (941) 462-4647 or browse our website for more information about vasectomy reversals.

    How Common Are Vasectomy Reversals?

    Last updated 20 days ago

    You might think that an elective surgery such as a vasectomy reversal might not be all that common. But in fact, thousands of men undergo this particular procedure every year. According to The Baltimore Sun, vasectomy surgeons perform about half a million vasectomies each year in the U.S. Each year, about 50,000 American men decide to undergo a vasectomy reversal. 

    The reasons for choosing a vasectomy reversal are just as varied and complex as the reasons for undergoing a vasectomy. Each man’s experience is unique, yet many men consult a vasectomy reversal surgeon because of changes in life circumstances. The loss of a spouse or divorce, and a subsequent remarriage can make a man rethink his decision not to have children. Sometimes, the tragic loss of a child can lead a couple to consider having more children. On average, men who undergo the reversal procedure decide to do so within six to 12 years following the original surgery.

    You can learn more about having a vasectomy reversal by scheduling a consultation at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Contact our friendly office staff at (941) 961-4581 and let us know how we may assist you.

    Fathers Share the Benefits of Parenthood

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The sheer joy of becoming a father is difficult to put into words, as you’ll learn by watching this video. If you are considering having a vasectomy reversal to grow your family, the men interviewed in this video can give you some insight into what you can expect. 

    Although every man experiences fatherhood in a unique way, you’ll likely find yourself overwhelmed with pride in your little one’s every accomplishment. And no matter how stressful your day was, you can always look forward to hugging and playing with your youngster. Contrary to popular belief, one man in this video describes how becoming a parent benefited his marriage by improving communication and facilitating compromises.

    When you’re ready to welcome a child into the world, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581. We offer hope to those struggling with male infertility via state-of-the-art vasectomy reversal procedures.

    What to Expect Before, During, and After Vasectomy Reversal

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Men who are planning to undergo a vasectomy reversal can consult their surgeon for specific information about the procedure. Your vasectomy reversal surgeon will also ensure that you understand what is involved with preparing for the procedure and recovering from it. Although your surgeon is your best source of information, you can find some general guidelines below.

    Preparation

    Your preparation for a vasectomy reversal begins with the initial consultation with a surgeon who specializes in this type of procedure. You can expect to undergo a physical exam and to discuss your medical history, including your reproductive history. Your vasectomy reversal surgeon may recommend testing you for male infertility to ensure that you can still produce healthy sperm. It’s also a good idea to check that your partner is medically capable of conceiving and bearing a child. As the date of the surgery approaches, you may be asked to stop taking certain blood-thinning medications and supplements, such as aspirin and St. John’s wort. Arrange for someone else to drive you to and from the vasectomy reversal clinic. Avoid eating or drinking for eight hours prior to your appointment and remember to bring an athletic supporter to the clinic.

    Procedure

    There are a few different approaches your vasectomy reversal surgeon may use. In general, the procedure involves reconnecting the tubes through which sperm can travel. If this approach does not appear feasible, the surgeon may attach the tube to epididymis.

    Recovery

    Once the vasectomy reversal is complete, your surgeon will place bandages over the incisions. You’ll be asked to wear an athletic supporter immediately. Continue wearing it for several weeks, taking it off only to bathe.  However, it’s important to note that you should not get the area wet for two days. Apply ice to the area to reduce swelling and follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding when you may remove the bandages. Most men can return to light activities and non-strenuous work duties in a few days; however, you should refrain from vigorous activities for two to three weeks.

    If you have any further questions about your upcoming vasectomy reversal, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581. We emphasize the importance of patient education, which means you’ll receive in-depth information about preparation and recovery, in addition to the procedure itself. Our office in Sarasota is proud to have helped hundreds of couples achieve their dream of starting their family. 

    Rules for Becoming an Older Dad

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In the past, it was expected of individuals to marry and have children at a relatively young age. In today’s society, it’s becoming increasingly more common to delay marriage and/or pregnancy until a couple reaches their 30s, 40s, or even beyond. Thanks to advances in medical techniques, such as vasectomy reversal surgeries to resolve male infertility, becoming an older dad is more possible than ever before. If you and your partner are considering a vasectomy reversal to become first-time parents, you may be feeling a little anxious about what fatherhood will be like and how you’ll define your role as an older dad.

    Teach by Example

    As an older Dad, you’ve almost certainly learned through your life experiences that a wise man does not pretend to be infallible or to know everything. Rather, a wise man readily admits fault and character flaws. For many years to come, your child will come to you with a wide range of questions, from “Why is the sky blue?” to “Why doesn’t Sarah from English class like me?” You can teach your child valuable lessons by example. When applicable, tell your child that you don’t know the answer, but that you and your child can explore the solution together. Likewise, be willing to accept responsibility for your mistakes and your child will follow in your footsteps.

    Embrace Playfulness

    When you consult a vasectomy reversal surgeon about the procedure, you might already be thinking of the practical side of parenthood, such as paying for baby clothes and investing in a college tuition fund. However, your child will quickly remind you that being a parent is also about embracing the wonders of the little things in life. Step aside from all the responsibilities in life now and then to marvel at a butterfly with your child or to swing from some monkey bars.

    The entire staff at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal is dedicated to addressing each patient’s concerns with respect, compassion, and confidentiality. If you’re wondering whether a vasectomy reversal might be right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our vasectomy reversal surgeon, Dr. Joshua Green. You can connect with our office in Sarasota by calling (941) 961-4581 or you can visit our website to learn more about vasectomy reversals.

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