At our center, we understand the concerns that people have when it comes to infertility; we treat all of our patients with the confidentiality, compassion, and professionalism they deserve.

Is Reversal Success Affected by a Cauterized and Tied Vas?

Vasectomy reversals are highly complex, delicate procedures that require the expertise of a specialist. The success of this procedure is dependent on many factors. However, it isn’t heavily influenced by whether the original vasectomy surgeon cauterized and tied the vas deferens. (Usually, the original surgeon will either cauterize or tie off the vas, rather than using both techniques.)

The factor that is more important than the technique used by the original surgeon is whether there is sperm present inside the vas. The vasectomy reversal surgeon will check for the presence of sperm before reconnecting the vas deferens. If sperm is present, then the severed ends of the vas can be re-cut and then sutured together with very small stitches. If sperm isn’t present inside the vas, then the surgeon will need to perform a more complex surgical technique. This involves attaching the vas to a tubule from the epididymis.

Dr. Joshua Green will discuss your surgical options with you during your initial consultation at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Call (941) 894-6428 to request an appointment with our experienced vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota.

What Is Sperm Washing? (And Other Common Questions About Sperm)

On average, one milliliter of semen contains 15 million to more than 200 million sperm. It only takes one sperm to fertilize an egg, but the journey it must take to reach that egg can be incredibly challenging. An egg released by a follicle will only stay in the fallopian tube for about 24 hours. If sperm can’t reach the egg and fertilize it, pregnancy won’t happen that month. When male infertility is a factor, then it’s even more difficult for a couple to get pregnant naturally, which is why so many turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sperm washing is one part of that process.

What is sperm washing?

Sperm washing is the processing that semen goes through before it can be used in an assisted reproduction procedure, like IVF or intrauterine insemination (IUI). The washing technique separates sperm from semen, and also eliminates dead or otherwise unviable sperm from the usable sample. Additionally, prostaglandins are removed from the sperm. These are naturally occurring chemicals that can interfere with fertility.

I know women must give up alcohol before pregnancy, but what about men?

Alcohol consumption affects male fertility as well as female fertility. Men who consume alcohol regularly or to excess are at a higher risk of reduced sperm quality and quantity. Fortunately, the effects are quickly reversed once you abstain from alcohol.

Does my body weight affect my sperm?

Yes. Men who are either underweight or overweight have a higher risk of male infertility. Overweight and obesity can affect the production of sperm, causing a low sperm count. Your body weight can also affect the quality of sperm.

What about body temperature?

Excessive heat can significantly affect your sperm count. If you’re trying to become a father, you should avoid hot tubs and saunas. Avoid placing sources of heat near your scrotal region. These include laptops and heating pads.

When you become a patient at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, you’ll have the option to have sperm aspirated for use in an IVF cycle. Dr. Green will explain all of your options during your consultation. Call our vasectomy reversal clinic in Sarasota at (941) 894-6428.

Can I Have a Vasectomy Reversal if I Have High Blood Pressure?

As with any surgical procedure, existing medical conditions could impact the safety of your vasectomy reversal. Before your procedure, Dr. Green will review your health history in detail to ensure that you are a good candidate for surgery. One issue that many men live with is high blood pressure. Could having high blood pressure affect your surgery?

Typically, it is safe to have a vasectomy reversal if you have high blood pressure. If you are taking medicine for your blood pressure, Dr. Green will order a blood chemistry lab test. This is done to check for any abnormalities that could impact your ability to receive anesthesia safely. Dr. Green will help you make the right decision for your vasectomy reversal based on your personal health history.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we provide every patient with personalized care to help them achieve the dream of conceiving. To learn more about vasectomy reversals or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green in Sarasota, please call (941) 894-6428.

FAQs About Scarring After a Vasectomy Reversal

Many factors can affect the success of a vasectomy reversal, and scarring is one of those things. Scarring can interfere with the ability to conceive after a vasectomy reversal, and in some cases, it can make men who had previously successful reversals become infertile again. Before your procedure, your doctor will discuss the risk of scarring with you in full. Here are the answers to some questions that vasectomy reversal patients frequently have about scarring.

Will I be able to see the scarring?

After any kind of surgery, scarring can happen on the outside of the skin as well as internally. After a vasectomy reversal, you may see some scarring on the outside, but there could be more extensive scarring internally that you can’t see and won’t know about unless it causes symptoms, such as continued infertility.

How can scarring affect my reversal in the long term?

Scarring doesn’t happen immediately when you have a vasectomy reversal. For some men, it builds up enough over time to affect the outcome of the procedure. When this happens, your vasectomy reversal may be successful at first, but over time, your sperm count may return to zero. Typically, this happens because scarring has occurred.

Can I prevent scarring?

There is no absolute way to prevent scarring from happening. Choosing an experienced vasectomy reversal surgeon is critical for achieving and maintaining the best outcomes. If you are concerned about scarring affecting the success of your vasectomy reversal in the future, then you may wish to consider storing some of your sperm for future pregnancies. Fortunately, the percentage of men who have the kind of scarring that impacts their fertility is very small.

Dr. Green has a long record of successful vasectomy reversals and can help you understand what to expect from your procedure as well as your options for conceiving if infertility persists. To learn if you are a good candidate for surgery, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota today. Call (941) 894-6428 to reach our clinic.

What Is the Link Between Stress and Infertility?

After a vasectomy reversal, if you are still struggling to conceive, then you may need to consider other causes of infertility for both partners. If your partner is under a great deal of stress, even if your vasectomy reversal was successful, infertility could be a problem.

Watch this video to understand how stress impacts ovulation. Women under stress may not ovulate, which means you won’t be able to conceive after your vasectomy reversal. You may need to see a fertility specialist and consider other treatments after your vasectomy to start a family.

Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal has a proven track record of successful reversal procedures. If you are interested in learning more about vasectomy reversal in Sarasota, please call (941) 894-6428.

Dispelling Misconceptions About Vasectomy Reversals

If you had a vasectomy in the past but now are considering expanding or starting a family, vasectomy reversal could be the solution to your infertility. These surgeries can restore sperm levels and allow you to conceive as though you had never had your original vasectomy. Although vasectomy reversals are popular, misconceptions about the procedure still persist. Here are some common myths about vasectomy reversals and a look at the truth behind the misconceptions.

Myth: I can’t have a vasectomy reversal because it has been too long since my vasectomy.

Many men write off the possibility of having a vasectomy reversal because of the time that has passed since their original procedure. In reality, there is no magic cutoff point at which a vasectomy reversal will no longer work. There are many factors that go into determining whether a vasectomy reversal is successful or not, including the presence of sperm antibodies and scar tissue and the way the vasectomy was performed. Time since your vasectomy is not a significant issue.

Myth: My partner and I will be able to conceive immediately after my reversal.

It usually takes anywhere from three months to a year before sperm is present in the ejaculate after a vasectomy reversal. Each man recovers from the procedure differently, and there is no way to predict when you will be able to conceive. In some cases, couples are unable to conceive after a vasectomy reversal as the result of other infertility issues that can only be addressed through IVF or another fertility procedure.

Myth: I can’t have a vasectomy reversal because of my pre-existing medical conditions.

Most men are good candidates for vasectomy reversals. Your surgeon will evaluate your health history before surgery to ensure that it is safe for you to have anesthesia. Having a pre-existing condition does not rule out surgery as an option for you.

Get the facts about vasectomy reversal for yourself by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Men travel from across the country for vasectomy reversals in Sarasota with us because of Dr. Green’s personal attention and track record of successful procedures. Contact us today at (941) 894-6428.

Vasectomy Reversal and IVF: Considering Your Options for Starting a Family

The decision to start a family should be a joyous one, but male infertility can present a formidable obstacle. There are a few options for starting a family despite previously having a vasectomy. Before making any decisions, have a careful discussion with your partner, your primary care physician, and the vasectomy reversal surgeon.

Steps of Vasectomy Reversal

A reversal surgery involves making anatomical changes that allow sperm to once again be present in the man’s semen. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, a reversal has a good chance of success. It requires making small incisions, removing scar tissue in the area, and reconnecting the previously severed ends of the vas deferens.

Steps of IVF

In vitro fertilization has helped countless couples become pregnant, but couples should know that multiple cycles may be needed. The basic steps of IVF involve aspirating sperm from the male partner. This is a surgical procedure. The female partner is started on fertility drugs, and then her eggs are harvested in a minimally invasive procedure. The aspirated sperm fertilizes the eggs in a laboratory, and then one or more embryos are implanted into the uterus.

Reasons to Choose a Reversal

Vasectomy reversal surgeries are often the method of choice for couples who otherwise have no major fertility concerns. This is particularly true if the reversal surgery is performed within a few years of the original vasectomy, as the chances of a successful reversal are quite favorable. Before moving forward with the reversal, both partners should receive a thorough medical evaluation that specifically checks for health issues that may contribute to infertility. Even if one or both individuals have a proven reproductive track record, infertility can strike later on.

Reasons to Choose IVF

If there are any medical issues that would inhibit the natural conception of a child, then it may be preferable to choose sperm aspiration with IVF instead. Often, couples opt for IVF when the woman is 35 years of age or older. Each year that passes after this age, a woman’s fertility declines further. The chances of naturally conceiving a child decline with it, but IVF can overcome this barrier.

Dr. Joshua Green is widely known as a leading expert in the field of male infertility procedures. He performs vasectomy reversals and microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration procedures. Call (941) 894-6428 to request an appointment at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota.

Should You Repeat Vasectomy Reversal After an Unsuccessful Procedure?

It’s possible to have a successful vasectomy reversal after previously having an unsuccessful reversal. However, you have a unique health history. Only a knowledgeable, experienced vasectomy reversal surgeon can determine if there is a possibility that a second procedure will be successful. Your new surgeon will take a detailed health history and ask you questions about the first reversal.

For instance, you’ll be asked if your semen tested positive for sperm in your ejaculate after your first vasectomy reversal surgery. The doctor will also need to know if you had any major health problems after the first procedure, such as any infections or physical trauma to the scrotal region. Another factor to consider is the training and level of experience of the first surgeon. Vasectomy reversal is a specialized field, and it takes an expert to perform this delicate surgery correctly. If the initial surgeon wasn’t a specialist, it’s worth your time to get in touch with a surgeon who is.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, male infertility procedures are all we do. Contact Dr. Joshua Green at (941) 894-6428, and ask about his specialized experience performing vasectomy reversals in Sarasota.

What Men Can Do to Improve Pre-Conception Health

When couples decide to try for a baby, it’s usually the woman who makes major lifestyle changes to improve health. But it should be a team effort. There are several things men can do to improve their pre-conception health and minimize the risk of male infertility. You can learn about them when you watch the accompanying video.

Cigarettes are a major problem, especially for those who have concerns about male infertility. You’ll need to quit smoking, if applicable, before having a baby. Alcohol also affects sperm health, so try to quit that as well. Another way to boost sperm health is to avoid overheating the scrotal area. Beware of hot baths and saunas, and avoid placing your laptop on your lap.

Dr. Green and his Center for Vasectomy Reversal are proud to have helped so many couples welcome their babies. Call us at (941) 894-6428 to discuss our infertility procedures in Sarasota.

Exploring Common Reasons for Vasectomy Reversal

Given the scarcity of long-term birth control options for men, it isn’t surprising that this responsibility has largely fallen to women. But women can’t always use hormonal birth control without experiencing side effects and long-term health issues, particularly later in life. And since vasectomies are less invasive for men than tubal ligation is for women, many men opt to have a vasectomy. Vasectomies result in permanent anatomical changes, and should only be considered when men are certain they no longer wish to have kids. But thanks to effective vasectomy reversal techniques, many men have changed their minds and successfully fathered a child later in life.

A Change of Heart

Some men feel confident that fatherhood will never be right for them. Others have already fathered children, and don’t feel that another is in the cards. No matter how sure of his decision he may have been at the time, a change of heart is always possible.

A Remarriage

Sharing a child together is an incredible feeling that can cement the bond between spouses. Men who divorce or lose their wives to death may decide to remarry later on. They and their new spouse might long to share a child together, even if one or both of them already have children from previous relationships.

A Remedy for Testicular Pain

Vasectomies are generally considered to be safe, straightforward procedures. But complications can occur with any surgery, and some men report suffering from post-vasectomy pain syndrome, also known as post-vasectomy testicular pain. This pain may be sharp and stabbing, or dull and throbbing. It can develop shortly after a vasectomy or years afterward. The correction of testicular pain is another possible reason for having a vasectomy reversal.

If you’ve had a change of heart and would like to discuss having a vasectomy reversal, you can contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota. Dr. Green has earned a sterling reputation for his in-depth knowledge and exceptional technical skills. Call us today at (941) 894-6428 to request an appointment.

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