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- Urologic surgery
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WVU Medicine offers minimally invasive, robotic-assisted urologic surgery. The surgeon performs the operation while sitting at a console, manipulating the precision instruments via the da Vinci surgery system’s four robotic arms.
In addition, the division has launched programs in brachytherapy for prostate and kidney cancer, in laparoscopic urology, and in sacral neuromodulation for voiding dysfunction and interstitial cystitis (pain in the bladder and pelvic region).
WVU urologists are currently performing minimally invasive surgical procedures for BPH (enlarged prostate). More than 2,000 procedures are performed annually.
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Vasectomy reversal reconnects the pathway for the sperm to get into the semen. Most often, the cut ends of the vas deferens are reattached. In some cases, the ends of the vas are joined to the epididymis. These surgeries are done under a special microscope. When the tubes are joined, sperm can again flow.
There are two surgical techniques to vasectomy reversal:
- Vasovasostomy involves a surgeon sewing back together the severed ends of each tube that carries sperm.
- Vasoepididymostomy involves attaching the vas deferens directly to the small organ at the back of each testicle that holds sperm. A vasoepididymostomy is more complicated than a vasovasostomy and is generally chosen if a vasovasostomy can’t be done or isn’t likely to work. Sometimes a combination of the two surgical techniques is needed.
Is age a factor in conceiving after a vasectomy reversal?
Age shouldn’t affect the results of vasectomy reversal. Most men keep making sperm for many years after their partners stop making eggs.
Side effects are typically minimal and usually include swelling, pain, or bruising; however, the vasectomy itself and the reversal should not have any effect upon potency or urinary function.
What is the effective rate of reversal?
The success rate varies based on several factors. Time from the vasectomy certainly helps to predict how likely it would be to be able to put the two ends of the vas deferens back together.
However, getting return of sperm into the ejaculate does not guarantee pregnancy, so pregnancy rates typically vary from 30 to 70 percent, whereas patency rate, that is the return of sperm, can be as high as 95 percent.
Vasectomy reversals are performed in a hospital or clinic. Patients are given anesthesia so they are not awake and don’t feel anything during the procedure. It usually takes about two to four hours, and patients usually go home the same day. Recovery takes about two weeks.
Vasectomy reversal procedures are preformed by Thomas Jaffe, MD.
For more information on vasectomy reversal or to schedule a consultation, call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273)