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.

What You Need to Know About IVF

If you have had a vasectomy and your partner also has fertility issues, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may be the best answer for your family planning goals. Because IVF involves the growth of embryos in a lab, a sperm sample can be acquired surgically rather than through the reversal of a previous vasectomy.

This video explains details of the IVF procedure, which begins with the removal of eggs from the mother’s ovaries. They are incubated with the sperm sample, and then the most viable embryos are implanted in the uterus. The success of the procedure varies depending on the woman’s age and current health.

You can explore IVF as part of your post-vasectomy infertility treatment by scheduling a consultation with the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota. Connect with us today by calling (941) 961-4581 or visiting us online. 

Understanding What Happens During Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy reversal is an advanced, minimally-invasive procedure that repairs the vas to restore male fertility after a vasectomy. The reversal procedure is most effective when it takes place within 10 years of the initial vasectomy surgery, but the effectiveness of treatment does vary from patient to patient due to other factors. Continue reading to find out what happens during a vasectomy reversal procedure.

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Types of Vasectomy Reversals
There are two types of vasectomy reversal procedures that your doctor will discuss with you during your consultation. The best one will be selected based on the presence or absence of blockages in the epididymis. When a blockage is not present, a vaso-vasostomy will be performed. This surgery has a slightly higher success rate than vaso-epididymostomy. Your surgeon may not actually determine the proper procedure until the vasectomy site is viewed under the microscope during your surgery. Both procedures may be performed under local anesthesia, but most patients opt for some type of IV sedation because it is difficult to sit still for the two to four hour surgery.

The vaso-vasostomy begins with the removal of scar tissue at the vasectomy site. The cut ends of the vas are re-sewn together and heal fairly quickly. This procedure is only used if there is sperm or free-flowing clear liquid present after the scar tissue is cut.

If there is thick or pasty fluid present, there may be a blockage preventing the flow of sperm. In this case, a vaso-epididymostomy is the best option. During this procedure, the vas is connected to a tube in the most distal part of the epididymis. This type of connection bypasses any blockages to increase the chances of successful conception.

As you consider vasectomy reversal, you should consult Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Our Sarasota practice treats patients from around the country, so don’t hesitate to call us at (941) 961-4581. You can also visit our website for an appointment.


What to Do Before Your Vasectomy Reversal

If your family planning goals have changed after you have had a vasectomy, you may be considering vasectomy reversal surgery. This procedure can provide you with a new opportunity in your fertility with a high success rate and minimal recovery time. As you get ready for your surgery, you will want to take these steps to ensure your safety and comfort throughout treatment.

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Talk to Your Doctor about Pre-Surgical Tests
Before you determine whether or not a vasectomy reversal is right for you, you should make sure that you have healthy sperm. A simple biopsy can reveal the health of your sperm to help you see if the procedure is worth it. You might also encourage your partner to see a fertility specialist to learn if she is healthy and able to conceive. If IVF is presented as a possible treatment for your partner, microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration may be a better alternative to vasectomy reversal.

Stop Taking Blood-Thinning Medications
It is important to temporarily discontinue use of any blood-thinning medication prior to any surgical procedure. These medications include aspirin and other over-the-counter pain relievers. If you smoke, you should quit at least three weeks before your surgery to give your immune system a boost and lower the risk of post-surgical infections.

Make Arrangements for the Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you should wear comfortable clothing and bring an athletic supporter to wear once the procedure is over. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home, so plan ahead for these arrangements.

Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal is a national leader in vasectomy reversal procedures, and he can help you fulfill your family planning goals at our Sarasota practice. Whether you are a local patient or traveling for your care, Dr. Green will provide you with compassionate and accurate care through every step of the process. To schedule your first consultation in our office, visit our website or call (941) 961-4581. 

Trying to Conceive After a Vasectomy Reversal: How Long Should You Wait?

Like any fertility treatment, vasectomy reversal involves a period of recovery and rest. When you have a vasectomy reversal, the general guideline is to wait three weeks before participating in sexual activity. If you try to conceive earlier in your recovery, you may run the risk of tearing open your stitches.

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It is important to remember that conception could still take several months or even a year following the reversal procedure. Even the healthiest couples may not conceive right away when fertility issues are not present, so patience is important in your attempts to have children. You will also want to promote open communication with your partner so that you are comfortable expressing when sexual activity is uncomfortable or painful.

For a closer look at vasectomy reversal procedures, visit the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Green at our Sarasota practice by calling us at (941) 961-4581. 

Symptoms of a Low Sperm Count

In many cases of male infertility, low sperm count is to blame. Any number of different things can contribute to a low sperm count, from lifestyle choices to hormonal imbalances. The good news for men struggling with infertility is that low sperm count can often be treated. The more challenging part is actually diagnosing it in the first place. Beyond the inability to conceive, there are few symptoms of low sperm count, and many men may not experience any symptoms at all. Could a low sperm count be interfering with your fertility? Here are some of the signs to watch out for:

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Sexual Dysfunction Issues
Sometimes, problems with sexual dysfunction are indicators of a low sperm count. These dysfunctions may be indications of another hormonal or mechanical problem that is associated with low sperm count. If you are experiencing issues like a low sex drive or erectile dysfunction, then discuss your symptoms with your doctor. He or she can get to the bottom of your symptoms and offer treatments that resolve both the dysfunction and the sperm count issues.

Pain or Lump in Testicle Area
It is never normal to have a lump, swelling, or unexplained pain in or around the testicles. You should always see your doctor about these symptoms to rule out potentially serious medical issues. Pain, swelling, or a lump in the testicle area may be an indication that you have a blockage that is compromising your sperm production. Removing the blockage may address your infertility issues.

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If your low sperm count is linked to a hormonal imbalance, then you may notice a number of changes in your body. Decreased facial and body hair is one of the most common changes, but you may also experience weight changes, mood changes, and other signs of a hormonal issue. Your doctor can determine if your hormones are imbalanced with a simple blood test.

Let the Center for Vasectomy Reversal diagnose and treat your problems with male infertility. We can also perform vasectomy reversals for men who now wish to start a family. Schedule a visit with our vasectomy surgeon by calling (941) 961-4581. 

Does Wearing Boxers Actually Boost Sperm Count?

One of the most commonly-held notions about male fertility is that boxers help to increase your sperm count, but is it really true? Could changing to boxers from briefs really help address male infertility?

Watch this video to get the real story behind the boxers versus briefs debate. A study in the UK has proven that men who wear boxers actually do have a higher number of sperm than men who wear briefs. Although wearing boxers may not completely resolve male infertility, it can help some men boost their sperm counts.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we can help make starting a family a reality for men who have had vasectomies. Learn more about our vasectomy reversal services by calling (941) 961-4581. 

Being an Older Dad May Benefit Your Children's Health

When it comes to the notion of having kids at an older age, the story often revolves around potential risks and how old you’ll be when your little ones graduate high school. Now, there is good news for older dads. The decision to have a child when you’re older can actually boost that child’s health in the long-term. That means it is never too late to consider undergoing a vasectomy reversal or to look into treating your male infertility issues. Listed below is the basic information you need to know.

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Health Benefits to Being an Older Dad
The health benefits of starting a family later in life all come down to telomeres. Telomeres are the tips on the end of chromosomes, and for reasons researchers haven’t been able to pin down, long telomeres appear to be associated with better overall health. People with longer telomeres also tend to live longer. Researchers have discovered that the children of older fathers usually have longer telomeres than their peers whose fathers are younger. Although scientists have not yet determined what role these longer telomeres play in the overall health of children of older fathers, these results suggest that children of older fathers may live longer.

Potential Benefits for Future Generations
The health benefits of being a child of an older father do not appear to be limited to just one generation. The grandchildren of the older father also tend to have longer telomeres, which would suggest that they might also reap the same health benefits. Note that this trend only seems to follow male lineage. Women who were born to older fathers do not have children with longer telomeres.

Don’t discount family life because of your age or because you’ve had a vasectomy. At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, our vasectomy surgeon can reverse your procedure so you can start a family. There are solutions for male infertility, and we can help. Make an appointment for a consultation by calling (941) 961-4581. 

How Effective Are Vasectomy Reversals?

Did you have a vasectomy that you now wish you could undo? If so, you’re not alone. Men take the step of having a vasectomy when they feel certain that they do not want to have children or do not want to have additional children, but life circumstances change. If you have had a vasectomy and now wish to regain your fertility, help is available. A vasectomy reversal can restore your ability to have a child.

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The success of a vasectomy reversal depends on a number of different factors. Physically reversing the vasectomy by reconnecting the vas deferens is a straightforward process. However, reconnecting the vas deferens does not guarantee that there will be sperm in the ejaculate after the procedure. Vasectomy reversals are most likely to succeed within five years of the original procedure, but they can and do work for patients who had their vasectomies much earlier. Potential issues that can interfere with the success of a vasectomy reversal include blockages and the presence of anti-sperm antibodies. Some men produce these antibodies after a vasectomy, and they can damage sperm.

Each vasectomy reversal is different. Discuss your case with the vasectomy surgeon at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Make your appointment by calling (941) 961-4581. 

What the Recovery Period Is Like Following Vasectomy Reversal

A vasectomy reversal can facilitate you and your partner’s hope to have a child. To make sure that you recover as quickly and smoothly as possible from your procedure, it’s important to anticipate your postoperative needs and follow closely the advice of your vasectomy reversal doctor. By keeping in mind the following aspects of your healing period, you can better ensure a complete recovery.

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Protecting Your Surgery Site

As with any invasive surgery, vasectomy reversal necessitates careful attention to the surgical site. You likely will have sutures and bandages after your surgery. Your bandages must be kept clean and dry to avoid the potential for contamination and infection. You may also need to wear special garments to protect your surgical site from excessive movement as it heals. Your vasectomy reversal doctor may also recommend a period of a few days to a few weeks during which you should refrain from activities that may hinder the healing of your incisions.

Alleviating Your Discomfort

Many men undergo vasectomy reversals as an outpatient procedure, which speaks to how minimally invasive and convenient the procedure can be. In some cases, though, the process can produce some discomfort for patients. If you experience tenderness or pain after receiving a vasectomy reversal, your doctor can recommend medications to alleviate the discomfort, which should lessen on its own over the ensuing days.

Consulting with Your Surgeon

The topic of intercourse often weighs heavily on the minds of men who undergo vasectomy reversals. Before engaging in any sexual activities with your partner, speak to your vasectomy reversal doctor. The recovery process for each patient is different, so only your physician can determine if you are healthy enough for intercourse. Keep in mind as well that though you may be physically able to engage in sexual activities, it may take several months for the effects of your vasectomy reversal to result in a successful pregnancy.

Do you have more questions about your vasectomy reversal procedure? Then call Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581. Our staff of vasectomy reversal experts would be happy to discuss any inquiries you may have about your upcoming surgery. 

The Best Candidates for Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy reversal is a procedure that many men have successfully undergone, allowing them to father the children they desire. Though the process can be effective under a wide range of circumstances, vasectomy reversal surgeons cite that some men may be better candidates for the procedure than others. One primary consideration is the original vasectomy. The less trauma incurred to the vas deferens, the more likely that the patient can enjoy a successful vasectomy reversal. The amount of time passed between the vasectomy and vasectomy reversal can also influence the success of the latter procedure, as men with shorter interval periods may have higher rates of fathering children after a vasectomy reversal. Men who have already fathered children are favorable candidates for vasectomy reversal as well.

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Don’t let a vasectomy deny you your dream of a family. Contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581 to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Joshua Green. Our Sarasota facility offers vasectomy reversal options for men of all ages and backgrounds.

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