What Fatherhood Is Like for Older Dads

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Often, a change in life circumstances or a change of heart leads men to consider a vasectomy reversal. Men who undergo a vasectomy reversal may be more apt to be older fathers. Becoming a father later in life thanks to a vasectomy reversal grants a man a unique perspective on parenting. Older dads may not have the same level of energy they once did; however, they do have a great deal more life experience, and quite often, more patience for childhood antics.

Setting Priorities

After having a vasectomy reversal, older dads may be more apt to find that after taking care of work obligations, errands, and other requirements, they have less energy available to play with their kids. By necessity, older dads learn to prioritize activities and events to ensure that the kids get a fair share of their attention.

Applying Life Lessons

Adults may notice that the older they become, the better able they are to learn practical lessons from making mistakes and to apply those life lessons to future scenarios. While younger men may take it personally when plans go awry, older men may be more likely to rise to the occasion. This healthy level of self-confidence serves older men well when they become fathers. Happy, confident parents often translate to happy, well-adjusted kids.

Living Mindfully

Men experience stress at every age. However, younger men may be more likely to let the pressures of life influence their reactions and attitudes. With their years of life experiences, older men may be better able to live mindfully, to moderate their reactions, and to prevent the pressures of life from influencing their mood. Living mindfully lends itself to stability at home and the ability to treasure the little moments of life.

The Center for Vasectomy Reversal provides state-of-the-art treatments with a personalized approach for men who wish to become fathers after having a vasectomy. You can learn more about vasectomy reversals by scheduling an appointment with our vasectomy reversal surgeon, Dr. Green. Connect with our office by calling (941) 961-4581 or visiting our website.

Spotlight on MESA

If you and your partner plan to conceive using in vitro fertilization after you’ve had a vasectomy, the MESA procedure could be the perfect solution. Rather than being a true vasectomy reversal, MESA is a procedure during which your doctor will harvest sperm to be used for in vitro fertilization. 

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MESA stands for microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration. During MESA, the surgeon uses an operating microscope to find and remove sperm directly from the epididymis while minimizing blood and fluid contamination. Thanks to the precision allowed by the microscope, success rates for MESA are extremely high. Before the procedure, your doctor will review anesthesia options with you. Although the procedure can be performed with a local anesthetic, most men opt for some kind of sedative in addition to the local anesthetic to help them stay still during the surgery.

If you’re planning to conceive using in vitro fertilization, find out how undergoing MESA at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help. You can learn more about vasectomy reversal by calling (941) 961-4581.  

Five Foods That Encourage a Healthy Sperm Count

Did you know that what you put on your plate could have an impact on your sperm count? If you’re trying to start a family, eating the right foods can help keep your sperm levels healthy so you have a better chance of conceiving with your partner.

Watch this video to learn about five foods that support healthy sperm counts. These foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to combat damage to the male reproductive system and boost overall health. 

If you’ve had a vasectomy and now wish to start a family, the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help. Set up an appointment today by calling (941) 961-4581. We’ll discuss your situation and explain how a vasectomy reversal could work for you. You can also find out more by visiting our website .

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Breaking Down Your Options for Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

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A vasectomy might seem like your best option when you have it, but it is not uncommon for circumstances to change and for men who have had vasectomies to want to start families. The good news is that a vasectomy reversal surgery can help men reclaim their fertility. There are a few different options for vasectomy reversal surgery. The doctor will decide which one is right for you based on a number of different factors, including how long ago you had your vasectomy and how you and your partner plan to conceive. Here is a look at the different surgical options.

Vasovasotomy (V-V)

V-V vasectomy reversal surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. It typically takes two to four hours. During the surgery, small incisions are made on each side of the scrotum to locate the site of vasectomy. Once found, scar tissue is removed. Then, the abdominal and testicular sides of the vas are checked for patency and sperm.  If the doctor finds sperm or clear fluid that flows freely, the vas is reconnected. If sperm is not found, further dissection takes place until sperm is located.

Vasoepididymostomy (V-E)

If the fluid found during a V-V procedure is cloudy or thick, a V-E is performed. During this procedure, the vas is connected to an epididymis tubule. Since sperm matures in the epididymis, the vas is attached at the most distal part possible. A V-E is most likely to be needed when the vasectomy was performed more than 10 years prior.

Microscopic Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (MESA)

MESA is the preferred procedure for patients who plan to use in vitro fertilization to conceive. Sperm is extracted directly from the epididymis using an operating microscope. Thanks to the microscope, sperm can be taken with minimal blood contamination and without damaging neighboring structures. 

To find out which vasectomy reversal surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal . Based on your health, time since your vasectomy, and your plans for starting a family, we can help you select the right procedure. Make your appointment today by calling (941) 961-4581.

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