• 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.

    Couple talking with doctor in IVF clinic

    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.