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Understanding the Vasectomy Reversal Process

Vasectomies are considered a permanent form of birth control, but that doesn’t mean the procedure (or its effects) or irreversible. In the United States, approximately 600,000 men have vasectomies every year. Of those who undergo the procedure, about 5% will opt to have the procedure reversed. Vasectomy reversal, also known as a vasovasostomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in as little as two hours when performed by a skilled vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota. If you are considering a vasovasostomy, continue reading to learn more about the vasectomy reversal process.

Sperm Analysis

There are actually two types of procedures that can reverse a vasectomy: vasovasostomy and vasoepidydmostomy. It typically is not possible for your surgeon to know in advance which procedure will be performed, which is why the first step in reversing a vasectomy is to extract fluid from the severed end of the vas deferens closest to the testicle and examine for its appearance and the presence of sperm.

Vasovasostomy

If sperm are present or the fluid is clear, your surgeon will likely proceed with the vasovasostomy procedure. During this procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision directly over the vasectomy scar. He will then locate the severed ends of the vas deferens and recut to create clean edges that are then sewn back together.

Vasoepididymostomy

If the fluid contains no sperm, or if it appears creamy and thick, it indicates to your surgeon that there is a blockage in the epididymis. This obstruction may result from infections or trauma, or may be secondary to long-standing obstruction that has resulted in damage to the epididymal tube. A vasoepidydmostomy is more technically demanding, as it requires the surgeon to bypass the blockage in order to surgically reconnect the vas deferens.

Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility in Sarasota, FL has performed hundreds of vasectomy reversals over years of clinical practice. If you would like to consult with one of the leading vasectomy reversal surgeons in Florida, call Dr. Green’s office at (941) 961-4581.


How to Select a Vasectomy Reversal Surgeon

Are you reconsidering having children? Vasectomy reversal is a common procedure that can restore reproductive and sexual functioning in as little as two or three hours. However, it’s critical that you take the time to find a surgeon who specializes and is trained in microsurgical vasectomy reversals. Watch this video for more information on selecting a vasectomy reversal surgeon to handle your procedure.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility. Dr. Green is one of the top vasectomy reversal surgeons in Sarasota, though he regularly treats men from all over the United States. Dr. Green and the team at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility are committed to helping you achieve your family goals. Visit our website to learn more about our services, or call the clinic at (941) 961-4581 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua Green.


Getting to Know Dr. Green

Dr. Joshua Green isn’t just one of the top vasectomy reversal surgeons in Sarasota, he’s also one of the top vasectomy reversal surgeons in the country. The former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Dr. Green is committed to achieving nothing less than the most optimum results for his patients. Dr. Green is also noted in the field for his research on semen and sperm production in men who have suffered spinal cord injuries. He is a top graduate from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and has received advanced training in microsurgery through the American Urologic Association in Houston.

If you are seeking a vasectomy reversal, you’re in good hands with Dr. Joshua Green. The entire staff here at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility is committed to helping you achieve your family goals. Call our renowned vasectomy reversal clinic today at (941) 961-4581 to schedule a consultation.


Answers to Your Questions about Vasectomy Reversal

Some things are permanent—fortunately, a vasectomy isn’t one of them. Although the success rate of a vasectomy reversal is highest in the immediate years following the procedure, vasectomies can be reversed after very long periods of time, even after more than 25 years in some cases. If your plans have changed, Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility in Sarasota can help. To get you started, here are answers to some of the most common questions about vasectomy reversal .

Q: How long does vasectomy reversal take?

A: When performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Green, a vasectomy reversal generally takes between two and three hours. Although most men describe some discomfort for a few days after surgery, the entirety of the procedure (including recovery) will not require a significant investment of your time.

Q: What are the risks?

A: Complications after vasectomy reversal are very uncommon. The only significant risks of vasectomy reversal surgery bleeding within the scrotum and infection. Fortunately, Dr. Green takes every precaution to minimize these risks for a speedy recover following surgery.

Q: What is the success rate?

A: The success rate varies based on several different factor, but generally there is better than a 95 percent chance of sperm in the ejaculate if the reversal procedure is performed less than five years after the vasectomy. Success rates go down slightly the longer it’s been since the vasectomy was performed, but are still very high thanks to advancements in the field and practice of vasectomy reversal.

Q: Are there alternatives to vasectomy reversal?

A: Although there are no permanent alternatives to vasectomy reversal, there are methods that can help you become a father without undergoing surgery. Dr. Green is able to collect sperm, which can then be used for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua Green, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility at (941) 961-4581. You can also contact us online if you have a specific question for Dr. Green or about the vasectomy reversal procedure.


Get the Facts about Male Infertility

Even without a vasectomy, there are millions of men who are incapable of having children on their own. A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that between three and five million sexual experienced men younger than age 45 reported seeing a fertility doctor for help with a male-related infertility problem. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to become a father, Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility in Sarasota can help. Get the facts about male infertility then call Dr. Green to discuss your sperm retrieval options.

Top Causes of Male Infertility

There are a number of different reasons for male infertility. Some problems are physical in nature, preventing the sperm from being ejaculated normally in the semen; other problems affect the quality and production of the sperm itself. Some of the top causes of male infertility include:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Varicoceles (enlarged varicose veins in the scrotum)
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Birth defects
  • Tobacco and alcohol use
  • Excessive exercise

There are many more causes of male infertility, and the only way to tell for sure what’s causing your infertility is to consult with a fertility doctor. If you are able to produce ejaculate, the doctor can perform lab analysis to detect azoospermia (no sperm in the semen), oligospermia (very few sperm in the semen), or problems with sperm motility or morphology.

Sperm Retrieval Options

Depending on the cause of your infertility, there are a few different options that can help you become a father. Sperm retrieval is a viable option if you are unable to ejaculate or if there is no sperm present in the semen. A consultation is required to determine which sperm retrieval procedure is most appropriate for your unique situation. Some of the procedures available include testicular sperm extraction (TESE), testicular sperm aspiration (TESA), and microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA).

If you want to learn more about male infertility and how sperm retrieval can help you start a family, contact Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility. Dr. Green is proud to be one of the top male infertility specialists in Sarasota. Call (941) 961-4581 to schedule a consultation.


What to Expect from the Vasovasostomy Procedure

There are many reasons to undergo a vasectomy. However, it’s not unusual or uncommon for men to seek a vasectomy reversal in Sarasota. Also known as vasovasostomy, vasectomy reversal is an outpatient surgical procedure which can restore a man’s normal sexual functions. If your situation has changed and you wish to reverse your vasectomy, here’s a look at what you can expect from the vasovasostomy procedure.

Surgery

The procedure itself typically takes between two and three hours to perform, depending on the complexity of the specific case and any complications encountered during surgery. A vasovasostomy surgeon reconnects the tubes that were cut during a vasectomy.

Recovery

A vasovasostomy only takes a few hours to perform, followed by a few more hours for recovery from the anesthetic. Men who undergo vasectomy reversal can expect to go home the same day. Pain and discomfort during recovery may be mild to moderate, and you should be able to resume normal activities within three weeks.

Success

One of the factors that determine the success of a vasectomy reversal is how much time has passes between the vasectomy and the reversal procedure. Reversals are more successful during the first 10 years after a vasectomy, with the greatest chance of success coming within three years after a vasectomy. In general, vasectomy reversal surgery leads to overall pregnancy rates of greater than 50%.

Another key to the success of vasectomy reversal is the skill of the surgeon. Fortunately, Sarasota is home to one of the most skilled vasectomy reversal surgeons in Florida. Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility is the former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine. Call us at (941) 961-4581 to learn more about vasectomy reversal surgery.


Should You and Your Partner Consider Vasectomy Reversal?

A vasectomy is one of the most successful and effective forms of birth control. While this is good news for couples who have decided not to have children (or any more children), it can be difficult for couples who change their minds and decide to conceive after all. Fortunately, a vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota can make things easier. Here are some of the factors to consider with your partner when thinking about a vasectomy reversal.

Success Rates

The success rate for vasectomy reversal varies based on several factors, the most important one being the amount of time since the vasectomy was performed. The patency rate, or the return of functioning sperm, can be as high as 95 percent in some cases; however, returning sperm into the ejaculate does not guarantee pregnancy, so rates of pregnancy typically vary between 30 and 70 percent.

Side Effects

There are very few and very minimal side effects of a vasectomy reversal. Side effects typically include swelling, pain, and bruising around the incision site. A vasectomy reversal should not have any effect upon male potency, sexual performance, or urinary function. If you encounter these problems following surgery, contact your vasectomy reversal surgeon.

Insurance Coverage

The cost for a vasectomy reversal can vary depending on your situation. Whether or not the cost of surgery is covered by insurance depends upon where the surgery is performed and the patient’s individual insurance policy. If cost is a factor, Dr. Joshua Green and the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility offers an affordable payment plan.

Dr. Joshua Green is one of the most respected vasectomy reversal surgeons in Sarasota. Dr. Green and the rest of the staff at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility can answer any questions you have about vasectomy reversal. Contact us online or call us at (941) 961-4581 to learn you can reverse a vasectomy and have the family you want.


How We Support Out-of-Town Patients

Dr. Joshua Green is one of the leading vasectomy reversal surgeons in Sarasota. Most of the patients treated at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility travel from out of town. If you are travelling from out of town, we offer a number of options to facilitate a pleasant experience. Many of the pre-operative necessities can be taken care of online or over the phone. Dr. Green has also negotiated a discounted rate for vasectomy reversal clients at the nearby Hampton Inn Sarasota, located across the street from the surgery center.

If you have any questions about out-of-town arrangements for a vasectomy reversal, please call the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility at (941) 981-4341. You can also contact us online if you have any questions about the procedure, including success rates and costs.


What are the Most Common Causes of Male Infertility?

Couples who wish to conceive face many obstacles, but nearly half of the problems are related to the male. By some estimates, 40 percent of difficulty with conception is related to male infertility. There are numerous causes for male infertility, including trauma to the testicles at an early age, alcohol and/or marijuana use, family history of cystic fibrosis, and other hormonal and genetic causes and abnormalities. This brief video provides a good overview of the common causes behind male infertility.

Dr. Joshua Green and the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility in Sarasota offer a number of procedures that can help overcome male infertility challenges. Sperm retrieval procedures such as testicular sperm extraction (TESE), microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA0, and percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA) can help you and your partner achieve realistic pregnancy rates. Call us at (941) 981-4341 to schedule your consultation to discuss male infertility and infertility procedures.


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