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Why Being an Older Dad May Favor a Longer Lifespan in Offspring

Men who are considering undergoing a vasectomy reversal and becoming a father at an older age may take comfort in a new study that suggests older dads may give birth to healthier children with longer lifespans. The new study points out that with age, a man’s telomeres lengthen. Telomeres are the tips of chromosomes that offer a protective covering. Since the telomeres of an older father are longer, they are passed to the children, giving them health benefits.

You can hear more about this study by watching this video. You’ll learn how the protective effect can be passed down through multiple generations and you’ll also hear some other considerations for older fathers.

If you’re curious about a vasectomy reversal to resolve male infertility, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota. You can reach our vasectomy reversal clinic by calling (941) 462-4647 or you can visit us online to learn more.


The Perspective of an Older Dad on Parenting and Life

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Men often hesitate to schedule a vasectomy reversal because they are concerned about the challenges of becoming a father at an older age. While older fatherhood certainly does have its challenges, it also offers immeasurable rewards. When considering whether to have a vasectomy reversal, you may wish to speak with some of your friends who are older dads. After your vasectomy reversal, you are likely to find that welcoming a child into the world will change your life for the better.

Your Schedule Will Revolve Around Your Kids

When men are in their 20s and 30s, their schedules tend to revolve around work. If you’re a sports fan, your social calendar is likely dominated by Super Bowl parties and season tickets. However, once you become an older dad following your vasectomy reversal, you’re more apt to stay at home to watch cartoons with your youngsters than go out and catch a game. This is one way in which older fathers have an advantage over younger dads. You’ve already spent a couple of decades enjoying your own interests, and now you’ve likely gained the maturity necessary to prioritize your child’s needs.

You’ll Find Yourself Socializing with Younger Couples

While having a child at an older age by no means requires giving up your current friendships, you’re likely to find yourself spending more time with the parents of your child’s friends. As the older father of the group, you may find yourself taking on the role of a mentor.

You’ll Learn to Live in the Present

It’s natural for men to worry about the future before undergoing a vasectomy reversal. As an older father, you’ll be more likely to have health issues when your child is still relatively young. Aside from taking care of your physical health, there is little that can be done about this. Older dads would be wise to live in the present, rather than to experience anxiety about future problems that may not occur.

The mission of the Center for Vasectomy Reversal is to help couples achieve their dream of starting a family, regardless of the paternal age. If you’re ready to embrace the rewards and challenges of becoming an older father, we invite you to schedule a consultation for a vasectomy reversal with Dr. Green, our highly experienced vasectomy reversal surgeon. You can reach our male infertility clinic in Sarasota by calling (941) 462-4647.


Basic Considerations Before Undergoing Vasectomy Reversal

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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?

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. 

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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

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

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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

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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.


Why Vasectomy Reversal Is Effective Treatment for Post-Vasectomy Pain

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.

Chronic pain concept.

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) 961-4581.


What Is a Semen Analysis?

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) 961-4581.


Common Questions About Vasectomy Reversal

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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) 961-4581 or visit us on the Web for more information.


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