• Spotlight on Sperm Function Testing

    Couples who are experiencing male infertility may have sperm function testing done, particularly if the male partner had a vasectomy reversal surgery. Sperm function testing is similar to semen analysis, but they aren’t quite the same test. A sperm function test will help the male infertility specialist develop a customized treatment plan that can help the couple achieve pregnancy. 

    First, the man must provide a sample of semen, which is examined in a laboratory. The lab technician will examine many aspects of the medical sample, including the total semen volume and the sperm density. The sperm density refers to the number of sperm present in the semen. A typical density is greater than 20 million sperm for each milliliter of semen. The lab technician will also examine the sperm motility (how well it moves), sperm morphology (shape of the sperm), and the presence of white blood cells. High amounts of white blood cells may indicate that an infection or inflammation could be affecting the sperm. 

    Dr. Joshua Green has helped countless couples overcome male infertility caused by vasectomies. Call the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota at (941) 894-6428 to discuss your options, which may include sperm aspiration. 

  • Are Vasectomies Really Permanent?

    A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the severing of the vas deferens, which is the structure that transports sperm along the male reproductive tract. With the vas deferens severed, sperm will no longer be present in the man’s semen. Men who are thinking about getting a vasectomy should always consider it to be a permanent form of birth control. 

    However, as you’ll learn when you watch this video, vasectomies can be reversed. And in fact, the success rate of vasectomy reversals is quite high, especially when there is a relatively short period of time between the two surgeries. The infertility specialist featured in this video also discusses some other factors that can affect a successful pregnancy. 

    Dr. Green of the Center for Vasectomy Reversal invites couples to explore the possibilities with infertility procedures in our Sarasota clinic. Call (941) 894-6428 to request a confidential consultation. 

  • The Best Ways for Guys to Get Involved During the Pregnancy

    You and your partner are finally expecting a baby after dealing with male infertility. Congratulations! If you’re like most older dads who undergo vasectomy reversal, you’re looking forward to being a hands-on, involved dad in your kid’s life. But you might feel a little lost during the pregnancy itself. After all, she’s the one doing the hard work of carrying the baby, right? Actually, there are still plenty of ways expecting dads can get involved during the pregnancy—and she’ll definitely appreciate your efforts! 

    Take charge of the household upkeep. 

    Cleaning is hard, physical work, and as your partner’s pregnancy progresses, her body might not be up to it anymore. Growing a baby is exhausting work, and she needs to rest as much as possible. Plus, trying to push a vacuum with a belly bump in the way can be tricky. Additionally, many women become nauseated at the smell of cleaning products (some of which may be toxic). Help her out by taking over some of the cleaning responsibilities, switching to nontoxic cleaners, and hiring a maid as needed. Note that if you have a cat, you’ll definitely need to clean the litter box. Pregnant women must avoid this task, due to the risk of toxoplasmosis. 

    Ease your partner’s aches and pains. 

    The changes associated with pregnancy can hurt. Your partner will almost certainly experience an aching back and sore, swollen feet. When she gets home from work, she’ll probably want nothing more than to kick back on the couch and relax. So surprise her by giving her a foot rub and back massage.  

    Be active in the baby prep process. 

    Planning for a baby’s arrival is practically a full-time job in itself. Be active in the planning process by researching the safest car seats, cribs, and baby bottles. Paint the nursery on a day when she isn’t home to spare her from the fumes. Assemble the crib as soon as you bring it home so she doesn’t have to worry about asking you to do it. And don’t skip those parenting classes and doctor’s appointments!  

    Here at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we’re immensely proud of the beautiful babies we’ve helped couples conceive over the years. Our vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota looks forward to meeting you and your partner and helping you make an informed decision about the surgery. Call (941) 894-6428 to request your consultation with Dr. Joshua Green. 

  • Here’s Why You Can’t Eat or Drink Before Surgery

    With vasectomy reversal and other surgeries, it’s common to receive instructions not to eat or drink anything for a period of 8-12 hours before your surgery—including just a few sips of water. While it can be somewhat frustrating to follow this rule, the reason your doctor makes this recommendation is important.

    When you are under general anesthesia or a twilight sedative, your body will not aspirate, or clear the airway of a blockage caused by saliva or food or liquids you’ve consumed. When you have food in your stomach, the risk of a blockage is higher, and you may choke during the surgery. Additionally, there may be significant post-surgical nausea if you go into surgery without an empty stomach, and that’s a complication that’s easier to prevent than it is to treat.

    When you schedule your vasectomy reversal surgery with Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, you can expect the highest quality of care within our state-of-the-art operating room as well as dedicated attention during your surgical consults and follow-up visits. To learn more about undergoing vasectomy reversal in Sarasota, FL, give us a call at (941) 894-6428.

  • What to Know about Post-Op Scrotal Swelling

    Vasectomy reversal is performed using microsurgical techniques that are minimally-invasive, so they cause less trauma to the body and facilitate a faster, easier recovery. In fact, vasectomy reversals are most often performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you won’t even need to spend a full day in the hospital following your surgery. There are, however, still some side effects of surgery to consider, and the most prevalent and perhaps uncomfortable will be scrotal swelling. Swelling is a healing response in the body, so it’s a natural part of surgical recovery and shouldn’t cause alarm after your vasectomy reversal .

    Swelling is the most common side effect of surgery.

    Most men will experience post-op swelling in the scrotum, which may be mild or quite substantial. Generally, even significant swelling is not a sign of any problems. It is simply a natural part of the body’s healing process and will subside within a few days.

    Swelling should not be accompanied by severe pain or bruising .

    Some mild pain and bruising are normal, but when pain begins to feel intolerable or bruising is widespread, it is important to call your surgeon and discuss these symptoms. This is especially true if you are experiencing severe swelling with intense pain.

    A cold compress will offer the most relief.

    To control swelling, the best thing to do is take it easy and rest for the first full day after surgery while using a cold compress. Apply the cold compress to the scrotal area for about 20 minutes, and then wait about 40 minutes before the next application.

    For expertise in vasectomy reversal, you can count on Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota. Not in Florida? No problem! We treat a high volume of out of town patients , often only requiring 2-3 days to complete the surgery and follow-up care. For more information about our services, give us a call at (941) 894-6428.

  • ICSI: Your Step-By-Step Overview

    While vasectomy reversal is the most common procedure to restore fertility for men who have undergone a vasectomy, there are circumstances where it makes sense to consider other surgical alternatives, such as sperm aspiration. With sperm aspiration, sperm is directly obtained from the epididymis through a needle guided by an operating microscope. This is actually the first step in ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, which is paired with IVF, or in-vitro fertilization. This video shows you a complete look at the ICSI procedure, which may play a role in your family planning if your partner is also experiencing fertility issues.

    If you want to weigh the pros and cons of vasectomy reversal and ICSI, Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help you make your decision. You can schedule a vasectomy reversal consultation with us in Sarasota by calling (941) 894-6428, or visit our website to learn more.

  • Can Eating Disorders Cause Male Infertility?

    Both eating disorders and infertility in men are underrecognized, yet common health concerns; incidentally, the two can go hand in hand. Eating disorders can cause lasting damage to the body and may result in infertility in men. Often, eating disorders are only associated with women, but men account for about 5-15% of anorexia and bulimia cases and 35% of binge eating disorder cases. Additionally, because these numbers are only based on reported cases, they may actually be higher—many men will suffer in silence with eating disorders. For any man struggling with an eating disorder, seeking treatment is important for many reasons, including the preservation of future fertility. Continue reading to gain a better understanding of how eating disorders can be a cause of male infertility .

    Weight Changes and Sperm Quality

    Being over- or underweight can have an impact on sperm count as well as sperm motility and overall sperm quality. With anorexia nervosa, men may be dangerously below a healthy weight range, and they might also utilize risky solutions to continue battling body fat, such as diet pills, which can cause further harm to sperm count and quality.

    Risks of Over-Exercising

    Along with undereating or uncontrollable binge eating, eating disorders may lead to over-exercising, which can further diminish sperm count due to the consistently higher temperature of the testes during exercise.

    Potential Nutritional Deprivation

    Even with binge eating disorder, which is characterized by binging sessions where someone will consume large quantities of food in a single sitting, malnourishment is common. That’s because the body is not getting the balanced diet it needs to stay healthy, and decreased sperm production may be one of the consequences of that nutritional deprivation.

    Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal is dedicated to providing resources for men struggling with infertility, including those who are looking for vasectomy reversal procedures in Sarasota. To learn more about our practice , give us a call at (941) 894-6428 or visit our website.

  • Is Nausea Normal After General Anesthesia?

    Before you undergo a vasectomy reversal , you’ll consult the anesthesiologist to discuss your options. You may prefer general anesthesia, which will completely put you to sleep. However, you should be aware that general anesthesia can cause some side effects. One of those is nausea.

    Why Surgery Leads to Nausea

    Some people are more susceptible than others to nausea after surgery. And as a general rule of thumb, the longer a patient is asleep, and the more anesthesia drugs that are required, the greater the risk there is of nausea. The average vasectomy reversal surgery takes two to three hours, depending on the complexity. Other factors can also play a role in causing nausea, including the following:

    • Being dehydrated from fasting before surgery
    • Taking medication on an empty stomach
    • Returning to a normal diet too quickly

    How You Can Prepare

    Tell the anesthesiologist if you’ve previously experienced nausea after having surgery. He or she should also know if you tend to be susceptible to nausea in everyday life. If so, the anesthesiologist can select the anesthesia drugs with an eye toward minimizing the risk of nausea. The doctor may also prescribe medications that can combat nausea. These medicines may be taken to prevent nausea or to treat it once it develops.

    How You Can Cope

    If you do experience nausea after being under general anesthesia, take any medications as prescribed. You’ll need to try to avoid vomiting, as the stress of vomiting can affect the integrity of the surgical site. Minimizing the risk of vomiting might seem impossible, but it’s really quite simple. Just avoid exposing yourself to the following:

    • Strong smells
    • Strongly flavored foods
    • Air temperature that’s uncomfortably warm
    • Fluids that are too cold or too hot
    • Dehydration
    • Pain

    Note that some people who are prone to nausea avoid taking pain medication, but taking your medications as prescribed can actually help reduce nausea. Take it with small sips of water. Stick with clear fluids after surgery until you no longer feel nauseated.

    We pride ourselves on extensive patient education, and pre- and post-operative support services here at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Call the office of Dr. Joshua Green, vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota, if you have any questions before or after your procedure. You can get in touch at (941) 894-6428.

  • Nicknames to Consider for These Popular Baby Names

    Once you get the exciting news that your vasectomy reversal has indeed been successful, and you and your partner are expecting, it’s time to start thinking about baby names! There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a great baby name, such as family traditions, cultural heritage, and of course, the nickname possibilities. Watch this featured video to get the scoop on nicknames for some of the most popular baby names worldwide.

    One of the most popular names for girls is Amelia, which lends itself to nicknames like Amy, Mel, Lia, and Millie. Dom, Dommie, Nick, and Nico are all great nicknames for Dominic. Gianna, which is actually already a shortened form of the name Giovanna, offers these nickname possibilities: Gia, Gigi, and Anna.

    Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal has been privileged to help countless couples become parents . Call us today at (941) 894-6428 to become our next vasectomy reversal success story in Sarasota!

  • Is Reversal Success Affected by a Cauterized and Tied Vas?

    Vasectomy reversals are highly complex, delicate procedures that require the expertise of a specialist. The success of this procedure is dependent on many factors. However, it isn’t heavily influenced by whether the original vasectomy surgeon cauterized and tied the vas deferens. (Usually, the original surgeon will either cauterize or tie off the vas, rather than using both techniques.)

    The factor that is more important than the technique used by the original surgeon is whether there is sperm present inside the vas. The vasectomy reversal surgeon will check for the presence of sperm before reconnecting the vas deferens. If sperm is present, then the severed ends of the vas can be re-cut and then sutured together with very small stitches. If sperm isn’t present inside the vas, then the surgeon will need to perform a more complex surgical technique. This involves attaching the vas to a tubule from the epididymis.

    Dr. Joshua Green will discuss your surgical options with you during your initial consultation at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Call (941) 894-6428 to request an appointment with our experienced vasectomy reversal surgeon in Sarasota.

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