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.

Understanding Your Vasectomy Reversal Options

Vasectomy reversal is a complex, detailed procedure that requires the knowledge of an experienced physician. Dr. Joshua Green and the team members here at the Center For Vasectomy Reversal are leaders in the field, and have extensive experience helping men overcome their fertility issues. Before scheduling a vasectomy reversal, we consult with each patient to understand which procedure best suits his fertility needs.

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Vasovasostomy (V-V) Procedure
During the vasovasostomy procedure, Dr. Green creates a small incision in each side of the upper scrotum. He then identifies the vasectomy site and removes the scar tissue from the area. Once the scar tissue is removed, Dr. Green flushes the abdominal side of the vas and inspects the testicular side for presence of sperm. If sperm is present, the medical team reconnects the cut ends of the vas using microscopic magnification.

Vasoepididymostomy (V-E) Procedure
If Dr. Green does not find sperm and instead discovers the fluid from the testicular side of the vas is thick and pasty, a vasoepididymostomy is performed. During this procedure, Dr. Green attaches the vas to a tubule of the epididymis to allow the free flow of sperm. The epididymis is the area in which sperm mature, so vasoepididymostomy is typically performed in a remote area of the epididymis.

Microscopic Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (MESA)
Some men plan for in vitro fertilization as part of their vasectomy reversals. In these cases, Dr. Green uses the operating microscope to perform sperm aspiration, a procedure that determines sperm count if the vas deferens is blocked. Using the microscope allows Dr. Green to obtain sperm from the epididymis with minimal blood or fluid contamination. The use of a microscope also allows for an excellent success rate with minimal risk of damaging nearby structures.

For more information about vasectomy reversal, contact the Center For Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 343-4020. At our fully staffed surgical center, we put patient comfort and satisfaction first. Our goal is to help men address their fertility issues and achieve complete fertility

Testing Male Fertility

Couples who are having difficulty conceiving should consult with their doctors for preconception counseling. During this type of counseling, a doctor gathers important information about each partner’s medical history and lifestyle; this helps to determine what factors could be affecting a couple’s ability to conceive and what tests need to be performed.

This video provides an overview on the kinds of tests that help doctors examine male fertility. Through semen analysis and blood tests, doctors can gauge whether a man has an abnormal sperm count and whether or not his hormone levels are normal. With this information, the doctor can advise the couple on the best methods to conceive, including in vitro fertilization.

Vasectomy reversal helps men regain their complete fertility and achieve their goal of starting a family. To learn about your vasectomy reversal options with Dr. Green and the Center For Vasectomy Reversal, call us at (941) 343-4020. 

Tips for Expectant Dads

One of the best ways for an expectant father to prepare for his newborn’s arrival is by becoming actively involved in the pregnancy process. For example, a soon-to-be dad should attend prenatal visits, talk about pregnancy with others, and place his hands on his partner’s stomach to feel the baby kick. Not only does this help an expectant dad feel connected with the pregnancy process, but it also helps his partner feel emotionally supported.

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Another great way for an expectant dad to ease into fatherhood is by talking with his own father. This can help a new dad consider what kind of relationship he would like to build with his own child. An expectant dad should also talk with his partner about how their lives will be impacted by the arrival of the baby. Seeking out advice from friends and family can also help a new father feel emotionally supported and comfortable with the transition into fatherhood.

If you and your partner have decided to start a family, the Center For Vasectomy Reversal can help. Call us at (941) 343-4020 to learn about our state-of-the-art vasectomy reversal procedure.

A Look at Male Fertility Tests

Whether you have recently remarried or you and your partner have changed your minds about starting a family, it is important to remember that it may take time to conceive following a vasectomy reversal. You should discuss ways to boost your fertility with your physician. You can also undergo several male fertility tests to screen for any fertility issues:

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Physical Examination
During a physical examination, a doctor will ask detailed questions about your medical and reproductive history. The doctor will also ask questions about any medications being taken and surgeries that have been performed. In addition, he will ask questions about lifestyle, including exercise, smoking, and drug use. This information can help a doctor narrow down the potential causes of male infertility and determine what further tests should be performed.    

Sperm and Semen Analysis
Experts can also determine a male’s fertility by analyzing the shape, movement, and count of a semen sample. Men who have a higher number of normal-shaped sperm typically have better fertility results. However, some men who have low sperm counts or abnormally shaped semen are also fertile. If an initial semen test shows irregularities in sperm shape or count, the doctor may order further tests to pinpoint potential fertility problems.

Genetic Testing
Some men naturally produce antibodies that attack their own sperm, thereby preventing fertilization. Other men have low or abnormal sperm counts, which can make it difficult for sperm to make its way to an egg. According to WebMD.com, up to 25% of men with fertility issues have abnormal or low sperm counts with no identifiable reasons. Genetic testing can help identify the causes of these fertility obstacles.

Dr. Joshua Green, attending physician and founder of Center For Vasectomy Reversal, has extensive experience treating male infertility. At our fully staffed surgical center, we use state-of-the-art technology in vasectomy reversal procedures. To schedule a vasectomy reversal consultation, give us a call at (941) 343-4020.

4 Tips for Helping You and Your Partner Become Pregnant after a Vasectomy Reversal

If you’re ready to start a family after your vasectomy reversal, a few healthy lifestyle changes can boost your chances. Mental and physical health are important factors in both male and female fertility. If you have questions about your vasectomy reversal or your fertility, your surgeon can provide answers.

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Cut Back on Alcohol, Smoking, and Caffeine
Alcohol and smoking can negatively impact sperm counts. Even if you are a casual smoker or drinker, cut down on these habits as much as possible. Additionally, alcohol, smoking, and caffeine should be avoided while pregnant. To minimize cravings when these are no longer options, slowly reduce your consumption before attempting to conceive.

Reach Your Target Weight
Both men and women are more fertile when at their target weights. If either partner is over- or underweight, it can be more difficult to conceive. Talk to your doctor about your current health. Aim to reach your target weight healthily with a combination of a nutritious diet and exercise.

Get More Sleep
Sleep is another important factor in your health and your fertility. Learn how to cultivate healthy sleep habits and aim to get enough sleep every night so you feel well rested the next day. Improving sleeping patterns also increases your mental wellbeing, creating a healthier, happier relationship.

Reduce Stress
Stress can lower fertility drastically, so begin finding positive ways to reduce it. Everyone achieves relaxation differently, and you and your partner may have different methods of reaching this goal. Keep in mind that stress relief will continue to be important during and after pregnancy, so these new habits will serve you for life!

Dr. Green and the Center For Vasectomy Reversal are here to help you start your family successfully. Call us today at (941) 225-2317 to learn about restoring your fertility. You can find more information on vasectomy reversal and achieving conception by clicking through our website.

The Relationship Between Divorce and Vasectomy Regrets

One of the major reasons men get vasectomies they later regret is because many couples underestimate their own risk for divorce. Many men seeking vasectomy reversal have gone through a divorce and have later met a new partner who wishes to have children.

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Couples often find it difficult to admit their relationship is in trouble, and divorce is more often initiated by women than men. Because many men don’t see trouble coming, they agree to a vasectomy before considering the possibility that their marriage may not last. The best way to avoid regret over a vasectomy is to take your time regarding the decision. Admit that your marriage may not be permanent, whether through divorce or death. Talking openly about your feelings and your future is the best way to prevent vasectomy regret.

If you have regrets or wish to reverse a vasectomy, call the Center For Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 225-2317. Our doctors are pleased to provide their expertise in restoring male fertility in Tampa Bay. Check out our website to learn more about vasectomy reversal procedures.

How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Sperm Count

If you want a family, a low sperm count can affect your chances. A sperm count above 20 million per milliliter is considered normal.

Many men don’t know that a number of lifestyle factors can have an effect on fertility. This video explains that factors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, using recreational drugs, and feeling stressed can all play roles in male infertility. These factors can have a cumulative effect over time, so the longer you engage in unhealthy behaviors, the more it can affect your fertility.

If you have questions about your fertility and lifestyle, the doctors at the Center For Vasectomy Reversal have the answers you need. Call us today at (941) 225-2317 to learn about vasectomy reversal and male fertility. You’ll find more information by clicking through our website

Helping Your Partner Recover from His Vasectomy Reversal

Although vasectomy reversal surgery requires relatively little downtime, some care is needed following the procedure. Your surgeon will explain what to expect following your partner’s vasectomy reversal. Providing a helping hand during the healing process will ensure a smooth and rapid recovery.

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Assist with Aftercare
Aftercare is often minimal, but still important following a vasectomy reversal. You can help your partner by encouraging him to rest and helping to apply ice packs to minimize swelling after the surgery. If pain medication is necessary, keep it on hand and available to your partner. Supportive underwear or an athletic support should be worn for a month following a vasectomy reversal, so ensure that these items are purchased beforehand.

Discuss Conception and Birth Control
Once the vasectomy reversal is complete and success has been confirmed, your partner is once again fertile. Make sure both of you agree if you believe you are ready to conceive immediately. Talk about ways you can increase your chances of pregnancy by reducing stress and improving your health. If you are not ready to begin your family immediately, talk about your preferred methods of birth control. In some cases, a visit to a gynecologist may be required, so remember to schedule accordingly.

Take Your Time
Even after post-surgery healing is complete, you and your partner may not be ready to resume sexual intercourse immediately. It’s best to maintain an open line of communication between you and your partner during this time. The success of your partner’s vasectomy reversal will not fade, so remember that you can take as long as you both need before resuming intimacy without feeling pressured.

You and your partner can learn more about vasectomy reversal and recovery following surgery by calling the Center For Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 225-2317. Dr. Joshua Green is here to help you through the surgery and recovery process so you can enjoy the family you want. Check us out on the Web for more answers to your vasectomy reversal questions. 

Improving Your Sperm Mobility after a Vasectomy Reversal

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During your vasectomy reversal, your surgeon reconnects the vas deferens, or the tubes that transport sperm. Despite the anatomical restoration, some men experience reduced sperm motility. If your doctor tells you that you have poor sperm motility, use the following tips to give your fertility a boost.

Get Tested Regularly

You might be tempted to have your sperm tested immediately after a vasectomy reversal. However, bear in mind that it can take up to 15 months to see the full results of the procedure. Have your sperm tested regularly to evaluate the sperm count, motility, and quality.

Eat a Healthy Diet               

Following a heart-healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean meal plan, can improve your fertility. These diets are low in saturated fats and rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Try to reduce the amount of red meat and processed foods you eat. According to The Telegraph, one study found that following a Mediterranean-style diet improved sperm motility by 11 percent.

Try Supplements

Talk to your doctor about using supplements to fill in any nutritional gaps in your diet plan. You might consider taking L-carnitine supplements, for example. Although more research is needed, it has been suggested that L-carnitine can improve sperm motility.

Make Lifestyle Modifications

Other healthy lifestyle changes can improve your overall fertility, including your sperm motility. For example, if you smoke, now is a good time to quit, as tobacco use greatly inhibits fertility. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation strategies and local resources to help you quit. Also, limit or avoid alcohol consumption and avoid illicit or recreational drugs.

Are you thinking about having a vasectomy reversal? Learn more about what’s involved by consulting a vasectomy reversal doctor. Contact the Center For Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 225-2317 to set up your appointment today. We’ll do everything we can to restore your fertility. 

Questions to Ask Before Deciding to Become a Dad

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Many men who have a vasectomy later change their minds and wish to start families. If you’re one of them, you have the option to pursue a vasectomy reversal. Before you schedule your vasectomy reversal, however, ask yourself the following crucial questions to determine if you’re ready to become a father:

Why Do You Want Children?

Carefully consider your reasons for wanting to start a family. Poor reasons to become a father include fulfilling someone else’s expectations of a traditional family or to conform to societal norms. Some men consider having a vasectomy reversal because they believe having children will solve relationship problems. On the other hand, a good reason to become a father is to experience the pure joy of parenthood and the close familial bond of parent and child.

Does Your Partner Have the Same Mindset?

Successfully raising children depends on both partners sharing the same mindset. Both you and your partner should explore your mutual reasons for wanting to be parents. If one partner wishes to have children and the other doesn’t, then becoming a parent can greatly strain the relationship.

Is Your Relationship Strong?

Studies have shown that having a stable marriage is a precursor to having a strong, stable family. If you and your partner maintain open communication and are committed to working through difficulties together, then you are better equipped to deal with the challenges of parenthood.

Are You Financially Prepared?

Before you undergo a vasectomy reversal, consider whether you and your partner are financially prepared to raise a child. Diapers and baby food are just a fraction of what children need. Consider the cost of education, healthcare, and other vital aspects of your child’s life.

If you and your partner are ready to raise a child, consider having a vasectomy reversal. Discuss whether you’re a good candidate for a vasectomy reversal at your consultation with the Center For Vasectomy Reversal. We invite you to call us at (941) 225-2317 or visit us on the Web to learn more.

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