Thanks to advanced microsurgical techniques, more and more men are now able to look forward to fathering children following a successful vasectomy reversal. Only a qualified surgeon, such as Dr. Desiderio Avila, can determine if a reversal is right for you. The following list can help you learn more about what you should know about vasectomy reversals in general:
1. Is a Vasectomy Reversal Painful?
Most patients tell us that they had more discomfort following the original vasectomy than they did after the reversal. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled by over the counter medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). If you have concerns about your pain levels though, you can talk to Dr. Avila about any necessary pain medications. Most patients fully return to work in seven to ten days.
2. Will I be Able to Successfully Father Children?
While factors such as the length of time since the original procedure and presence of sperm antibodies do apply, by far, the most important factor in a successful vasectomy reversal is the training and expertise of the surgeon. Dr. Avila offers two-level, microsurgical techniques that few others have been trained to perform. In addition to his advanced training, Dr. Avila has specialized in male infertility and male health for over two decades, giving him the experience and knowledge you need in a vasectomy reversal surgeon. His personal vasectomy reversal success rate is as high as 99.5%.
3. What if There Are Antibodies in my Sperm?
Antibodies are proteins that are generated by the body to target antigens such as bacteria and viruses. Following a vasectomy, some patients do show antibodies to their own sperm. When present, sperm antibodies can interfere with conception. However, recent studies have shown that it may make conception only slightly more difficult. Dr. Avila can run tests to determine if you have developed the antibodies, and advise you as to available ways to work around them in fathering a child.
4. Is a Vasectomy Reversal Risky?
No matter how minor, every surgery contains an element of risk. Dr. Avila proudly offers sophisticated techniques such as a no-scalpel, microsurgical approach which greatly reduces the chances of infection or further trauma. Overall, the risk for complications is extremely low for a vasectomy reversal.
5. How Long Before I can Father a Child?
On average, it takes 2 months for sperm to reappear after vas to vas reconstruction and 3-15 months after a more complicated vas to testicular bypass surgery. Your chance of successfully fathering a child are highest between one and three years.
If you want to start or grow your family and are looking for an experienced, compassionate, and highly skilled vasectomy reversal expert, look to Desiderio Avila, Jr., MD., your specialist in men’s health, serving the Phoenix area. Call Ironwood Urology at (480) 961- 2323 today, or make an appointment online. Don’t wait, the sooner the better with vasectomy reversals!