What Is A Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a procedure that blocks your sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from your penis. Semen is still present, but it has no sperm in it. After a vasectomy procedure, your testes still make sperm, but it is soaked up by your body.
Did you know each year over 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy for birth control?
What Is A Vasectomy Reversal?
Vasectomy reversals reconnect that pathway for sperm to get into semen. When the tubes are joined, sperm can once again flow through the urethra.
There are numerous reasons to undo a vasectomy. You may find yourself remarried after a breakup or suddenly want to start or add to your family.
A doctor performing a reversal vasectomy procedure will use one of these two methods listed below:
With this procedure, your doctor will sew back the severed ends of each tube that carries sperm (vas deferens).
Vasoepididymostomy: This surgery attaches the vas deferens to a small organ at the back of each testicle. This organ is called epididymis.
During your reversal vasectomy procedure:
A doctor will make a small incision on the underside of your scrotum where the Vas Deferens (the tubes that carry the semen) are exposed.
Next, your doctor will cut open vas deferens and take a look at the fluid inside. When sperm is present in the fluid the ends of the vas deferens can be connected. This will re-establish a passageway for sperm.
If the fluid is thick or pasty or contains no sperm then scar tissue may have formed and is blocking sperm flow.
After Your Procedure:
Immediately after your surgery, your doctor will cover the areas with bandages. You will be told to put on tight-fitting undergarments and apply ice to your groin to reduce swelling.
You may be sore for several days after your surgery. If your doctor placed bandages over your stitches then ask when it’s okay to take them off. Any stitches you may have should dissolve in seven to 10 days.
After you return home, make sure to rest and take it easy. Try to avoid activities that cause your testicles to move around excessively.
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