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Sharing Your Exciting Pregnancy News with Your Kids

If you started a family before your vasectomy and now have a pregnant partner after a vasectomy reversal, one of the most exciting moments will be sharing the news with your kids. Here are some ideas for letting your kids know that they are getting a new brother or sister.

Take Your Kids to a Doctor’s Appointment

Older children might not fall for this trick, but for younger kids, consider springing the news by taking them to one of your doctor’s appointments. Watch the realization set in as they see the baby on the ultrasound screen or when they hear the heartbeat, or explain to them exactly what is happening if they don’t get it at first. Not only is this a great way to share the news, but it is also exciting for your kids to see what the baby looks like at this stage and to actually hear their new sibling’s heart beating.

Get a Cake

Something almost every kid can agree on is cake, so send a message with a special cake that delivers the news. Order or bake a cake in the shape of a baby item, or have the news written on the cake. This method helps to share the news and gives you something to celebrate it with all at the same time. You can also use a cake later in the pregnancy to reveal the gender to your child.

Give Your Kids a Gift

There are lots of fun big brother and big sister items you can give your kids, from t-shirts to tote bags, that share the news and give them a little something to commemorate the occasion. You can also give each of your kids a scrapbook they can use to memorialize their experiences during the pregnancy and arrival of their new brother or sister. These scrapbooks can become treasured mementos in the future.

Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota makes moments like these possible with our vasectomy reversal and infertility procedures. Make an appointment to see if you are a candidate for vasectomy reversal by calling (941) 894-6428.


Why You Should Choose an ACS Fellow

Vasectomy reversals are delicate procedures that require the expertise and experience of a highly trained surgeon. For this reason, men are strongly encouraged to select a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). When vasectomy reversal patients work with an ACS Fellow, they can rest assured that they are receiving exceptional care that is in accordance with the latest guidelines and accepted practices.

The ACS closely scrutinizes every application for Fellowship before making a decision. The organization abides by strict eligibility requirements that involve the applicant’s education, training, medical licensure, surgical practice, and ethical fitness. All ACS Fellows are also required to make a commitment toward ongoing professional development for the betterment of their patients.

Dr. Joshua Green of the Center for Vasectomy Reversal has successfully completed rigorous, advanced training at prestigious institutions and is an ACS Fellow in good standing. If you’re exploring your options for infertility procedures in Sarasota, you can contact our clinic at (941) 894-6428.


Coping with Surgical Anxiety Before Your Vasectomy Reversal

It’s perfectly natural to become a little nervous before having surgery, even if this won’t be your first operation. If you’re getting ready for a vasectomy reversal, you probably already know that the reversal is generally more complex than the original vasectomy. One way to calm your nerves is to ensure that you select a surgeon who specializes in these surgeries and who has impressive credentials.

Talk to Your Surgeon

Fear of the unknown can be particularly difficult to cope with. You may find it helpful to schedule an additional consult with your vasectomy reversal surgeon. Make sure you understand every step of the preparation, procedure, and recovery processes. Patients often find that when they fully understand the procedure and trust the expertise of the surgeon, that their surgical anxieties are lessened.

Use Relaxation Methods

Let your partner know that you’re experiencing some anxiety about the upcoming procedure and tell her if there is anything she can do to help you. You might want to go out and see a movie to distract yourself, for example. In addition to planned distractions, try listening to soothing, tranquil music. Close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose, and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. Visualize the end goal of the vasectomy reversal, which, of course, is to become a parent. Focus on your hopes and dreams for your child, and let these visualizations soothe your worries.

Avoid Self-Medicating

It’s not unusual for people to turn to tobacco, alcohol, or even herbal supplements when they’re under significant stress. But because you’re preparing for a surgery, it’s essential to stay in good physical health. Tobacco will increase the risk of surgical complications and delay the healing process. Alcohol and some herbal supplements may also increase the risks. Always consult your physician before taking any supplements or medications before surgery.

Here at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Joshua Green works closely with each patient and his partner to assuage surgical anxieties, answer questions, and support a comfortable recovery. In fact, all patients of Dr. Green’s in Sarasota and beyond receive his personal cellphone number in case unexpected issues or questions arise. To reach our office, call (941) 894-6428.


What Men Should Know About Semen Analysis

A doctor may request a semen analysis after a man undergoes a vasectomy or a vasectomy reversal, or if a couple has been having unprotected sex for six to 12 months, yet hasn’t been able to conceive a child. When a semen analysis is performed after a vasectomy, it is for the purpose of confirming that there is no sperm present in the semen. After a vasectomy reversal, a semen analysis is used to evaluate the success of the procedure.

You can hear more about semen analysis by watching this video. It explains that the lab technician will check the semen sample for semen volume, semen thickness, sperm count, sperm motility, and sperm morphology. All of these factors affect fertility.

If you and your partner haven’t been able to conceive a child because of a prior vasectomy, make an appointment to see Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Call (941) 894-6428.


A Closer Look at Anti-Sperm Antibodies

You may already know that the body produces antibodies to combat pathogens like viruses and bacteria. These antibodies help keep you healthy. However, sometimes the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells such as a man’s sperm cells. Anti-sperm antibodies are one cause of male infertility. The presence of these antibodies does not automatically mean that you cannot father a child, however. Consider talking to a male infertility specialist about your options.

Understanding Anti-Sperm Antibodies

As sperm cells develop, antigens appear on the outer membranes. These antigens are proteins and it is in response to the detection of these proteins that the immune system may manufacture anti-sperm antibodies. Under normal circumstances, the immune system never detects the sperm antigens because sperm does not enter into the bloodstream. The blood/testes barrier, which is comprised of Sertoli cells, prevents the sperm from coming into contact with blood. In some men, the Sertoli cells may become compromised and the barrier may be breached, which allows immunologic stimulation. This can happen due to infection, physical trauma, or chemical-related injury. It’s worth noting that women can also develop anti-sperm antibodies. Why this can happen is not well understood.

Getting Tested

When a couple is experiencing infertility, one of the tests that a doctor may suggest is an anti-sperm antibody test. Women can be tested with a simple blood test. Men must provide a semen sample. Before getting tested, men must refrain from ejaculating for two days, but should not abstain from ejaculating for longer than five days before the test. Men will be given a sterile sample cup to ejaculate into and take to the clinic immediately afterward. The sample should be kept out of direct sunlight and at normal body temperature.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Joshua Green takes great pride in helping couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. He is a highly trained surgeon who specializes in performing infertility procedures in Sarasota. When you’re ready to take the next step toward becoming a father, give us a call at (941) 894-6428.


Our Commitment to Concierge-Level Care

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we are committed to providing men with optimum care in a patient-centric environment. The needs of every patient are put first and guide every decision we make, and every case is treated as an individual. That is why patients come to us from across the country for their vasectomy reversal and infertility procedures.

In addition to the cutting-edge surgical care of Dr. Green, the staff at the clinic provide top-level care to both patients and their families. With the utmost care and professionalism, the staff guides patients and their loved ones through the entire process, from scheduling a consultation to discuss vasectomy reversal through the patient’s recovery. Dr. Green and his entire team are dedicated to doing everything possible to help each patient achieve their goals of starting or growing their family.

If you are considering a vasectomy reversal, call Dr. Green and the Center for Vasectomy Reversal today to find out how we can help you. We welcome patients from all over the world to our center for vasectomy reversals in Sarasota and are here to provide the care you need. To learn more, call (941) 894-6428.


Nutrition Tips for Your Recovery from a Vasectomy Reversal

When you’re recovering from your vasectomy reversal, in addition to following your surgeon’s instructions, it is important to make smart food decisions that support your recovery. As with any surgery, it is important to give your body the nutrients it needs to heal so you can get back on your feet faster. Keep these guidelines in mind for your post-surgery diet.

Choose High-Fiber Foods

After surgery, constipation is a frequent problem, thanks to the pain medication you’re likely to be taking. In addition to drinking plenty of water, eat foods with a high fiber content to reduce the risk of constipation. Whole grain breads and cereals, vegetables, and fruits are all good choices that will help you get the right amount of fiber during your recovery. Reducing your intake of foods that increase the risk of constipation, like dairy products and processed foods, can also help.

Pick Lean Proteins

Protein is an important part of recovering from surgery, since it is a building block for tissue repair. Lean protein sources will give you the nutrients you need without the saturated fats that can contribute to constipation. Chicken, fish, turkey and pork are all good choices. If you don’t eat meat, nuts, tofu, and beans will give you the nutrients you need. If your appetite is weak after surgery, consider adding protein powder to smoothies, which may be more appealing than a large meal.

Fill Up on Whole Grains

Whole grains contain nutrients that will give you energy during your surgery recovery, as well as fiber that will reduce constipation. Pick whole grain bread, wheat pasta, and brown rice instead of the white, processed varieties of these foods as you recuperate from your vasectomy reversal.

Dr. Green and his team at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota are available to answer all of your questions about preparing for your surgery and recovering from your vasectomy reversal procedure. Schedule a consultation today by calling (941) 894-6428.


The Basics of Sperm Aspiration

If you undergo a vasectomy reversal so you can start a family, sperm aspiration could be part of your procedure. Watch this video to learn more about male infertility and how sperm aspiration works.

The success of vasectomy reversals in treating male infertility depends on a number of different factors. If sperm aspiration is recommended, sperm will be removed directly from the reproductive system to be used in another fertility procedure, such as IVF.

Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal has successfully helped couples from all over the country start or grow their families with infertility procedures and vasectomy reversal in Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 894-6428.


Dealing with Difficult Pregnancy Questions

Vasectomy reversal and infertility procedures are intensely private affairs. Couples going through these processes often pick and choose who they share information with carefully, but still, they often find themselves facing difficult questions from people who may mean well but who are prying for details. In some cases, news about your infertility treatments can be spread to more people that you anticipated, which leaves you facing even more questions. If you are confronted with difficult questions about your infertility and efforts to become pregnant, here are some tips to help you cope.

Control Your Updates

It’s natural for people who care about you to want to know how your fertility treatments are going and if you have been successful in getting pregnant. However, having to answer the same questions repeatedly can be stressful and frustrating. To reduce the need to repeat the same information, when you tell people you are undergoing infertility procedures, let them know exactly how you will deliver updates. For instance, you may promise to send out an email to everyone when your vasectomy reversal is completed, so that all of the people who need to know find out without you having to have individual conversations.

Have a Standard Response

You may not always want to answer questions about your infertility treatments, especially when the people asking are people who you would prefer not to share information with. It can be helpful to have a standard response in mind so that you’re not caught off-guard and can easily change the subject. Something as simple as a sigh and saying “not today” while steering the conversation to another topic can do the trick.

Keep a Sense of Humor

Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh off prying questions can be one of your most effective tools. A laugh and a quick joke can let people know how you want to cope with this life-changing process.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Joshua Green and his staff will support you on every step of your journey to start your family. You can learn more about vasectomy reversal in Sarasota by calling (941) 894-6428.


How Soon Can Sperm Be Present in Semen After the Surgery?

When you undergo vasectomy reversal surgery, it’s normal to be eager to know if the reversal was successful, particularly if you are trying to start a family. There is a high rate of success for vasectomy reversal in most cases, but there often is a delay between the procedure and when sperm can again be detected in semen.

About three months after surgery, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a semen test to see if sperm are present. If the semen does not contain sperm, your vasectomy surgeon may recommend repeating the test monthly to until sperm is detected. Generally, vasectomy reversals are considered to have failed if sperm cannot be found in semen 18 months after the surgery.

Since each case is unique, Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal will review your individual circumstance in full and help you understand what to expect. Make an appointment today to learn more about infertility procedures in Sarasota, including vasectomy reversal, by calling (941) 894-6428.


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