If you're feeling uncertain about your decision to have a vasectomy, there's good news. Dr. Werthman is an expert with vasectomy reversal, allowing you to regain your fertility and explore your family options once more.
The Mini-Incision Microsurgical Vasoepididymostomy
A technically more demanding procedure than vasovasostomy, this type of procedure is reserved for men who have an epididymal obstruction and is performed when a vasovasostomy won’t work because sperm flow is blocked, or for those who have experienced previous failed attempts at surgical reconstruction of the vas deferens. This procedure attaches the vas deferens directly to the epididymis, above the point where the blockage has occurred. Advances in microsurgical techniques have increased the ease and precision with which a surgeon is able to perform this delicate procedure and in cases that warrant it, Dr. Werthman prefers and has perfected this less-invasive approach, resulting in a faster recovery and less post-operative pain for his patients. A typical vasoepididymostomy takes about two hours to complete and is most often performed under general anesthesia.
Dr. Werthman prefers performing vasectomy reversal procedures under general anesthesia for several reasons:
- From a surgical perspective, microsurgical vasectomy reversals are highly technical procedures that require such precision on the part of the surgeon that the patient needs to remain absolutely still.
- From a patient comfort perspective, our anesthesiologists are so experienced in administering anesthesia that their techniques allow patients to awaken immediately after the procedure, and without the nausea, grogginess or heavily-sedated feelings some patients can experience at the hands of less-skilled anesthesia specialists. Our patients are typically able to feel better faster, allowing them to go home as soon as possible.