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    What to Expect Before, During, and After Vasectomy Reversal

    Last updated 2 days 9 hours 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) 462-4647. 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 10 days 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) 462-4647 or you can visit our website to learn more about vasectomy reversals.

    Why Vasectomy Reversal Is Effective Treatment for Post-Vasectomy Pain

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Some men who undergo a vasectomy develop post-vasectomy pain syndrome. This syndrome involves chronic, significant pain that can be debilitating. Typically, urologists prescribe medications that are largely ineffective. Now, however, researchers have discovered an effective way of helping men with post-vasectomy pain syndrome alleviate their symptoms. A vasectomy reversal can eliminate these symptoms permanently in most men.

    The pain involved with post-vasectomy pain syndrome is described as aching, sharp, or burning pain in the testicular area up to the abdomen. For some men, the pain develops because of a buildup of pressure in the area. Others experience pain because of inflammation caused by the vasectomy. Researchers have discovered that a vasectomy reversal can not only eliminate the buildup of pressure, but that it can also eradicate the inflammation site. Most patients who undergo a vasectomy reversal experience complete relief of post-vasectomy pain syndrome.

    If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal to treat your chronic pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green of the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. You can connect with our Sarasota clinic by calling (941) 462-4647.

    What Is a Semen Analysis?

    Last updated 28 days ago

    A semen analysis is an evaluation of a semen sample. After having a vasectomy reversal, you can expect to provide one or more semen samples for analysis to determine whether sperm is present. It can take a while for sperm to become present in semen again following a vasectomy reversal. Before providing a semen sample, avoid intercourse for at least three to five days. Then, collect the semen sample, keep it at body temperature, and bring it to the doctor’s office within 30 minutes.

    You can hear more about semen analysis by watching this video. This doctor explains the many aspects of sperm that can be evaluated with this type of test, such as sperm morphology and motility.

    At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, our team is always happy to answer any questions you might have about male infertility. You can schedule a visit to our vasectomy reversal clinic by calling (941) 462-4647.

    Common Questions About Vasectomy Reversal

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A vasovasostomy, more commonly referred to as a vasectomy reversal, is an option for men who have previously undergone a sterilization procedure to permanently prevent pregnancy. During the procedure, the vasectomy reversal surgeon will reconnect the vas deferens to enable the sperm to be ejaculated in the semen once again. Before you meet with the surgeon to discuss the procedure, it’s a good idea to write down a list of all your questions, which may include the following.

    What Are the Success Rates?

    The success rates for vasectomy reversal procedures are favorable. They primarily depend upon the length of time that has passed since the original vasectomy. If you underwent the procedure less than five years ago, there is about a 95 percent chance that the reversal will be successful.

    Can a Second Vasectomy Reversal Attempt Succeed?

    Often, men meet with a vasectomy reversal surgeon after previously attempting a vasovasotomy elsewhere, with no success. In these cases, the surgeon will carefully consider factors that may contribute to the success of a second attempt. These factors include whether the first surgeon was a specialist in this area of medicine, whether sperm is present in the ejaculate, and whether there could be other medical conditions involved.

    What Happens on the Day of the Surgery?

    Vasectomy reversals are typically performed under general anesthesia. On the day of the surgery, the anesthesiologist will administer the drugs to make you sleep, in addition to a long-acting local anesthetic. The local anesthetic improves your comfort level after the surgery. The procedure itself may take two to three hours. After the surgery, you’ll be closely monitored until you are alert. Someone else should drive you home.

    If you have any other questions about vasectomy reversals, Dr. Green of the Center for Vasectomy Reversal is available for consultations. Even if you have previously had an unsuccessful procedure elsewhere, we may be able to help you become a father. Call our clinic at (941) 462-4647 or visit us on the Web for more information.

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