Restoring Fertility with Vasectomy Reversal
Vasectomy Reversal is an excellent option to restore a man’s fertility after having undergone a vasectomy. A vasectomy reversal reconnects the tubes that carry sperm from the testicle into the semen, and can be successful up to 85 percent of the time.
If it appears that a vasectomy reversal may not be your best option, Dr. French may recommend and can perform a surgical sperm retrieval in conjunction with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Various factors influence which option is most likely to be successful. Before making an investment in fertility treatment (both emotional and financial) couples deserve the facts presented to them in an unbiased manner.
Dr. French, a male fertility specialist who performs numerous vasectomy reversals and sperm retrieval procedures, will review these factors with each couple to help ensure that couples make the best choice given their individual circumstances.
Dr. French Specializes in Two Types of Vasectomy Reversal
Dr. French is highly trained in the surgical procedure of vasovasostomy and the more complex vasoepididymostomy; he employs a microsurgical technique that is associated with the best outcomes. An experienced surgeon, he performs numerous microsurgical procedures every year using a high quality operating microscope.
If vasectomy reversal is right for you, your initial consultation will prepare you for what to expect, and Dr. French will explain the techniques he will perform. Each surgery involves a small incision in the scrotum.
Vasovasostomy: A First-Line Treatment
In the majority of cases, Dr. French will confirm the presence of sperm in the tubes, and then carefully reconnect the two ends of the vas deferens that were previously cut in a vasectomy.
Vasoepididymostomy: Plan B for Restoring Fertility
With vasoepididymostomy, Dr. French attaches the vas deferens tube directly to the epididymis as pictured below. The epididymis is found at the back of each testicle and stores sperm. You may require this form of vasectomy reversal if it has been more than 10 years since your vasectomy.
Ultimately, the decision of which type of procedure is necessary depends on the quality of fluid from the vas deferens that is examined during the surgery. As the type of connection required is not known in advance, it is imperative that men choose a vasectomy reversal surgeon capable of performing both techniques.
Reconstructing the vas deferens tubes in the testicles is a delicate procedure, and is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. French has special arrangements with Forest Park Medical Center and North Texas Anesthesia, and performs vasectomy reversal on an outpatient basis.
You may choose to have sperm retrieved during a vasectomy reversal, and cryopreserved (frozen) in case you still have trouble conceiving after vasectomy reversal. Dr. French works with various Dallas fertility laboratories to offer this option.
Also, because Dr. French truly desires his patients to become fathers again, he will perform a sperm retrieval procedure for any patient that does not have a successful vasectomy reversal at no charge. There is no contract or legal document to sign. This is simply a “handshake” deal. Feel free to ask about this at your consultation.
When your life situation changes, and you desire to have a baby, vasectomy reversal or surgical sperm retrieval in conjunction with IVF can give you a second chance. Contact us at the Dallas urology office of Dr. Dan French at 214.360.1535.