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What to Expect from Your Consultation with a Vasectomy Reversal Surgeon

If you are considering a vasectomy reversal, one of the first steps is to have a consultation with a surgeon. A vasectomy reversal surgeon can help you decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure and what to expect from the process. If you have a consultation scheduled with a vasectomy reversal surgeon, here is a look at what may happen during your appointment.

Review of Your Medical History

Your vasectomy surgeon will review your medical history to ensure that surgery is safe for you and that it is has a reasonable likelihood of being successful in your case. Although success rates for vasectomy reversals are high, many different factors influence the chances of success in individual cases. Your surgeon will review your medical history to form a more accurate predication of what to expect in your case.

Discussion of Your Treatment Goals

It is helpful for your surgeon to understand why you are choosing to undergo vasectomy reversal surgery. For instance, if you and your partner are undergoing IVF, your vasectomy surgeon can work with the IVF clinic to provide sperm using the MESA process. By knowing the goals you’re trying to achieve, your surgeon can tailor your procedure to your needs.

Explanation of the Procedure and Recovery

Your vasectomy surgeon will spend part of your consultation explaining how the reversal is performed and what you can expect during the recovery period. Generally, the vasectomy reversal process takes about two to three hours in an outpatient surgery center. Most patients can return home about an hour after surgery. Post-procedure discomfort lasts for a few days, which can be managed with ice packs and pain medications. The day after the procedure, patients return to their surgeons to have the drains removed.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Green is available to answer all of your questions as you decide if vasectomy reversal surgery in Sarasota is right for you. Schedule a consultation today by calling (941) 894-6428.

A Man's Guide to Pregnancy

If you undergo a vasectomy reversal with the goal of starting a family, you may be surprised by some of the changes that occur with your partner during the pregnancy. Just as your vasectomy reversal was a process your partner could sympathize with but not experience, pregnancy creates a wide range of effects that require your support and understanding.

Watch this video to find out what men need to know about pregnancy. Your partner will be dealing with far-reaching physical and emotional changes during this time and will need more help from you than normal during those nine months.

Dr. Joshua Green and the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help you start a family with vasectomy reversal in Sarasota. To make an appointment or get more information about vasectomy reversals, please call (941) 894-6428.

Getting Ready for IVF

If you undergo male infertility procedures, including vasectomy reversal, it may then be necessary to have another treatment, such as in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to achieve a pregnancy. IVF can be a lengthy and stressful process, so it’s important to prepare together as a couple. With some time spent planning, IVF can be less overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. Here are some things you can do to prepare for IVF treatments.

Gather Information

Arming yourself with as much information as possible about IVF can help you feel more in control of a process that has so many uncertainties. Talk to your vasectomy reversal surgeon about what to expect from your procedure and the success rates for IVF after a reversal. The IVF clinic can also provide extensive information about that procedure and what to expect before, during, and after. Review all of the information thoroughly and ask questions. Understanding what is ahead will make things easier to manage.

Anticipate Decisions

There are several important decisions you will need to make during IVF, including how many embryos to be transferred, what to do with the remaining embryos, and how many cycles of IVF you are prepared to undergo. Although you don’t know the outcome of the IVF process, you can anticipate some of these issues that may arise and decide how you will handle them. For instance, you may have religious or moral convictions that govern how you feel about dealing with unused embryos, so you can have a plan in place that can go into action if that circumstance arises.

Plan for the Waiting Period

The waiting period between the embryo transfer and pregnancy test is often the most trying part of IVF. Decide what you’ll do to occupy yourself during this time and where you want to be when you hear the results of your test. Staying busy and positive while you wait can make the days go faster.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota, FL, Dr. Green works closely with IVF experts to facilitate infertility procedures for couples trying to conceive after vasectomy reversals. To learn more, please call (941) 894-6428.

Common Risk Factors of Male Infertility

Male infertility is a common problem, particularly among men who are of an older age. Sometimes, male infertility is caused by a medical issue, such as prior trauma to the testicles, undescended testes, or surgery of the abdominal or pelvic regions. Some chronic illnesses will also increase a man’s risk of infertility, including sickle cell disease and cancer. Radiation therapy directed at the testes can result in infertility.

Other risk factors of infertility pertain to lifestyle choices. Men may be more likely to have infertility if they smoke, consume alcohol, are overweight, or use certain recreational substances. Exposure to environmental toxins can contribute to this common problem, as can excessively high temperatures in the region of the testicles.

If you’ve had a vasectomy reversal that has failed, you may still have options available to you. The Center for Vasectomy Reversal provides safe and effective infertility procedures in Sarasota. For more information, call Dr. Joshua Green at (941) 894-6428.

Discussing a Vasectomy Reversal with Your Partner

Vasectomy reversals are minimally invasive procedures, but they are still surgeries nonetheless. It’s important to become a fully informed patient before moving forward with your vasectomy reversal. You and your partner should both be on the same page about having children and the lengths to which you’ll go to achieve a family.

Have an Open Mindset

If you haven’t yet mentioned the idea of a vasectomy reversal to your partner, it’s important to begin the conversation with an open mindset. The two of you should openly share your hopes for the future and whether having a child fits into that future. Your partner may not necessarily be as enthusiastic as you about having kids. Give your partner all the time that is needed to carefully think through the matter.

Think About Logistics

Making the decision to try to have a child is definitely an emotional one, but you can also approach the issue from a logical standpoint. Could a vasectomy reversal potentially fix all of the problems associated with infertility or might there be female infertility issues involved? Perhaps the two of you aren’t quite ready to have kids yet, but you both know that you do want a family someday. Vasectomy reversals are more likely to be successful the sooner they are performed after the original surgery. Even if you aren’t quite ready to have kids just yet, you might consider getting a vasectomy reversal soon to allow for the possibility of a pregnancy later on.

Understand the Procedure

Bring your partner with you to the appointment with the vasectomy reversal surgeon. It’s best that both of you understand exactly what will happen during the surgery and how the recovery period will proceed. The surgeon can discuss any concerns you may still have.

When you and your partner are ready to add to your family, Dr. Joshua Green is here to help. Dr. Green is a vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota who has made it his life’s work to give hope to future parents. You can reach the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 894-6428.

Should You Become an Older Dad?

There are pros and cons of becoming a parent at any age, but if you feel that you’re ready to nurture a child, being an older adult shouldn’t matter. If male infertility is a concern, consider talking to a specialist who offers vasectomy reversals.

Watch this video to hear about some of the benefits of being an older dad. Research indicates that older dads tend to be more nurturing, active caregivers. Thanks to the increased involvement, the children of older dads tend to be able to cope with stress better and to have high self-confidence.

If you’re ready to become a dad, but you’ve already had a vasectomy, you can speak with Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Call (941) 894-6428 to set up an appointment to discuss having a vasectomy reversal in Sarasota.

What to Expect from General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is used for many types of surgeries, including vasectomy reversals. This type of anesthesia renders patients completely unconscious so that they do not experience any discomfort or retain any memories of the procedure. Placing a patient under general anesthesia typically involves administering a combination of intravenous and inhaled anesthetics. If you’re anticipating having general anesthesia for your vasectomy reversal, you should discuss the potential risks with your doctor.


Since general anesthesia involves more risks than conscious sedation, your doctor will need your full health history. Be sure to inform your doctor if you’ve previously been anesthetized and if you experienced an adverse reaction to it. Discuss all pills you may be taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Let the doctor know about any allergies or other medical conditions you may have, and advise him or her if you smoke. These precautions are necessary for your own safety. Your doctor will instruct you to discontinue consuming food and all liquids after a certain point, which is usually midnight on the evening before the surgery. If you need to take any medications, ask your doctor if you can take them with a very small sip of water.


When you’re ready to be placed under, the anesthesiologist will administer the medications through an intravenous (IV) line and/or through a mask placed over your mouth and nose. The doctor will likely give you muscle relaxants, which makes it easier for your airway to tolerate the tube that may be inserted to facilitate your respiration. The entire time that you’re asleep, your vital signs will be closely monitored and your medications or fluids will be adjusted as needed.


It can take a while to fully wake up, but you won’t be aware of the passage of time. You’ll continue to be closely monitored until you’re fully awake. For the rest of the day, you should rest quietly and take frequent sips of water. It’s common to experience dry mouth, nausea, sore throat, hoarseness, and sleepiness.

When you become a patient of Dr. Joshua Green’s clinic, you’ll receive all of the information you need to make a decision and prepare for your infertility procedure in Sarasota. The Center for Vasectomy Reversal can be reached at (941) 894-6428. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming vasectomy reversal.

Possible Causes of Post-Vasectomy Pain Syndrome

It’s often thought that the sole reason for undergoing a vasectomy reversal is to restore fertility and start or grow a family. However, men who have not changed their minds about family planning might still have cause to consult a vasectomy reversal surgeon. The reason is post-vasectomy pain syndrome, which has proven elusive both in terms of definitive diagnosis and treatment. Post-vasectomy pain syndrome is defined as chronic or intermittent scrotal pain that persists for at least three months.

Clinicians are still looking for ways of definitively identifying the possible causes, but it is thought that the chronic pain may have multiple causes. It might be the result of nerve impingement that occurred during the original surgery. For instance, the scrotal and spermatic cord nerve structures may have sustained damage and there may be an issue with the pressure caused by the obstructed vas and epididymis.

If you’ve been suffering from post-vasectomy pain syndrome, you can turn to Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal for help. Call us at (941) 961-4581 to schedule a consult with our vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota.

What Men Should Know About IVF

Some men initially resist the idea of trying in vitro fertilization (IVF) because it can sometimes feel emasculating to admit that infertility is an issue. Others may assume that assisted reproduction isn’t even an option if a vasectomy reversal has failed. But both of these assumptions interfere with the ultimate goal of conceiving a child. For credible information about resolving male infertility, men can turn to a vasectomy reversal surgeon.

You might still need to undergo surgical sperm retrieval.

Most men are familiar with the concept of ejaculating into a collection cup to provide sperm that will be used to fertilize eggs in a laboratory. But for many men, surgical sperm retrieval is necessary. After sperm are produced in the testicles, they depart via the epididymis, which is a coiled tube. The epididymis is connected to the prostate via a tube called the vas deferens. The vas deferens forms the ejaculatory duct with a seminal vesicle. Normally, these structures allow sperm to mix with other fluids to form the semen that is then ejaculated. A few medical problems can occur that prevent sperm from mixing into the semen. If this applies to you, you may need to have a surgeon extract sperm directly from the testicles or the epididymis tubes.

The IVF cycles will be incredibly stressful for both of you.

Many men are unprepared for the rollercoaster of emotions that accompany a typical IVF cycle. It’s possible to switch from feeling incredibly hopeful to feeling devastated in the amount of time it takes a pregnancy test to show results. As stressful as the experience is for you, you should remember that your partner is having a more difficult time. Show your love and support.

Following a healthy lifestyle is still important.

After making the decision to have surgical sperm retrieval and IVF, you might assume that healthy lifestyle choices are no longer important. But actually, your lifestyle decisions can directly influence the health of your sperm. Until you get a positive pregnancy test, you should avoid alcohol, consume a healthy diet, and avoid activities that can overheat your reproductive region.

Even if you’ve previously had a failed vasectomy reversal, a skilled surgeon may be able to restore your fertility. Contact Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581 and learn more about our infertility procedures in Sarasota. We extend accommodating services to out-of-town patients.

After Your Vasectomy Reversal

Most men who undergo vasectomy reversals report that the recovery isn’t as uncomfortable as they had imagined. However, it’s still important to carefully follow the post-operative instructions of your vasectomy reversal surgeon. After the procedure, you can minimize pain and swelling by applying ice packs to the scrotum and by taking pain medicine as directed. You must also avoid any type of sexual activity for three weeks.

You can learn more about the typical recovery from a vasectomy reversal when you watch this brief animation. It discusses the scrotal support, which you must wear for 30 days. It also advises men to follow the instructions of the doctor regarding the use of blood-thinning medications and supplements.

When you become a patient of Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, you will receive all the guidance and information you need for a smooth recovery after your procedure. Call Dr. Green’s office in Sarasota at (941) 961-4581 if you have any questions before or after your vasectomy reversal.

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