• Laptops and Lower Sperm Count

    Knowing the factors that affect sperm count is beneficial when you are trying to improve your fertility and start a family. One potential risk for lower sperm count that you may not be aware of is the use of a laptop.

    In this video, CBS’s Health Watch reports about some recent studies that have shown a link between overheating and male infertility. The heat generated from laptops is enough to raise the temperature of the testicles enough to damage the sperm. Using a laptop on a desk or other surface will reduce this risk, and there are some other common guidelines you can follow to help keep your sperm count up. 

    For more information about male fertility and a closer look at vasectomy reversal as an option for infertility treatment, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal . Make an appointment with us on our website or call us at (941) 343-4020. 

  • A Look at the Factors that Affect Vasectomy Reversal Success Rates

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    When you are considering vasectomy reversal to fulfill your family planning goals, you will find that reported success rates vary greatly in different publications. The reason for this inconsistency is that there are a number of important factors that are unique to each patient that will affect the final outcome of the surgery. Here are some of the circumstances that could influence the results of your vasectomy reversal:

    The procedure you choose

    There are two types of vasectomy reversal procedures that you will choose between based on the results of pre-surgical testing. Vasovasotomy is the simpler of the two surgeries, and it simply reconnects the vas to the other end of the structure. This procedure has a higher success rate than vasoepididymostomy, which connects the vas to the epididymis so that a blockage is bypassed.

    Time since your vasectomy

    Your age is not necessarily a factor in the success of vasectomy reversal, but time should still be considered in your surgical planning. Patients who have vasectomy reversals within 10 years of their vasectomies have higher rates of fertility than patients who choose to have a reversal procedure after more than one decade has passed.

    Your partner’s fertility

    As you consider vasectomy reversal, your partner may choose to have fertility testing to determine if any female factor infertility issues are present. If your partner has a condition affecting her fertility, procedures such as IVF may need to be used to achieve pregnancy. In this case, microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration may be preferred over vasectomy reversal.

    For a more personal look at vasectomy reversal and other male infertility treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua Green at Center for Vasectomy Reversal . Our whole staff is committed to providing each patient with a customized surgical experience in a professional yet caring environment. Learn more on our website or give us a call today at (941) 343-4020. 

  • Recovery Tips Following a Vasectomy Reversal Procedure

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    Vasectomy reversal is performed through minimally invasive surgical techniques, so it does not require extensive aftercare or recovery time for the patient. However, there are some care tips that will be necessary after the procedure in order to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved.

    If you follow the guidelines below, you will be able to get back to your routine quickly and start working on your family planning goals.

    Wear supportive undergarments

    After surgery, you will want to wear snug underwear or an athletic supporter both during the day and while you sleep. Undergarments of this type will ease any pain and discomfort while also protecting the sutures applied during the procedure. You should continue wearing supportive underwear for about one month following your surgery.

    Use ice packs to control swelling

    Cold therapy will numb the surgical site and keep swelling to a minimum, and it should be used for the first 48 hours after surgery. Apply an ice pack for about 10-20 minutes and remove it for an equal period of time. Continue with this pattern of application as needed.

    Refrain from rigorous activity

    You should be able to walk around the house and return to work quickly if you do not have a physically strenuous occupation. Still, heavy lifting, rigorous exercise, and long periods of physical activity should be avoided for about two weeks. Sexual activity can resume 21 days after your vasectomy reversal.

    Use NSAIDs to relieve pain

    Pain and discomfort should be minimal after your surgery, and these side effects generally only last about 48 hours. During this time, over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen should be sufficient to ease your pain.

    To learn more about vasectomy reversal and see if you are right for the procedure, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota, Florida. We accept local and international patients, and we can help tailor your surgical experience to your specific needs and reproductive goals. Find us online or call (941) 343-4020 to schedule a consultation. 

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