Recovering from a Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy reversal might not be as daunting as you might think. In this quick video interview, Dr. Seaman gave us a great run down of what you can expect during the recovery period following a vasectomy reversal.

Vasectomy reversal might not be as daunting as you might think. In this quick video interview, Dr. Seaman gave us a great run down of what you can expect during the recovery period following a vasectomy reversal.

Day of and Day after

You should expect to take it easy following surgery. Take the day off and chill out on the couch with a bag of peas or maybe treat yourself to a pair of snowballs underwear. Dr Seaman generally advises 24 hours of icing and a day or two off of work (unless you do heavy lifting for your job, then you may need a few extra days, talk to your doctor)

The 2 week check

The tubes inside are a little delicate, so Dr. Seaman recommends for all of his patients to wait 2 weeks before resuming sports, heavy lifting or sex. Extra activity can put stress on the tiny sutures and it is best to give things time to heal. Dr Seaman also recommends that all his guys wear support during the 2 weeks following surgery to help speed recovery. Before giving a green light, Dr. Seaman likes to have a follow up visit with all of his patients to make sure recovery is going well. Typically he is able to lift all activity restrictions after 2 weeks following the surgery.

Making a baby

It can take a few months to re-populate the pipes. Following the two week greenlight, you are free to begin trying for a baby. If you don’t conceive in a few months, it is good to check in sometime around 3-6 months for a semen analysis to make sure that inflammation has gone down and sperm are getting through. Typically men should see full sperm production by six months following surgery, but it can take up to a year to get numbers all the way up.

Who Gets Vasectomy Reversal?

Dr. Eric Seaman of the Urology Group of New Jersey discusses the three types of men that get vasectomy reversals.

Dr. Eric Seaman of the Urology Group of New Jersey discusses the most common reasons that men get vasectomy reversals.

Having a vasectomy doesn’t mean that it is impossible to have more children. Each year, over 50,000 men undergo a vasectomy reversal for a variety of reasons. Dr Seaman shares the most common reasons that men come to him to get vasectomy reversals.

Re-marriage: Getting re-married and wanting to create family with a new wife is the most common reason that Dr. Seaman sees men getting vasectomy reversals

Change of heart: Occasionally, years following the decision to stop having children a couple may decide to have an additional child or children.

Loss of a child: Sadly, Dr. Seaman sees cases where a family has lost a child or children and will reverse a vasectomy to rebuild family.

Who Treats Testicular Pain?

During this interview with Dr. Brahmbatt, we discuss who treats testicular pain and when it is a good idea to see a specialist

The Urologist

Most urologists are well trained to treat testicular pain. They can do the initial workup and management. Sometimes if pain is chronic, it is a good idea to see a specialist. Urologists who specialize in treating chronic orchialgia can find solutions that don’t involve persistent use of narcotics and can get patients back to work. Sometimes it takes one treatment or two treatments or more. But as a doctor, they will do everything in my power to make you feel better.

More than a shot in the nuts

Interview with Dr. Jamin Brahmbatt about the causes of chronic testicular pain.

While attending the American Urology Association annual conference, I met up with good friend, Drive for Men’s Health doctor, Jamin Brahmbhatt. They presented interesting research that they have been doing at the PUR clinic on chronic testicular pain including what they called “scrotox” or the use of botox as a potential means to get rid of chronic orchalgia. The research looked good. The subject intrigued me.

What causes ball pain? What do doctors do to treat it?

I was surprised to learn how many things can cause testicular pain and how many men deal with chronic groin pain. Asking around, many urologists confirmed that this a common reason that men come in for a visit, but it can be frustrating for both doctor and patient as diagnosis can be elusive.

Researching over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, I compiled a feature article and a series of videos for DCYB on Testicular Pain. Enjoy.

The Great Sperm Race

The Great Sperm Race is an incredible documentary produced by the BBC that provides a glimpse into the wonder of conception from the vantage point of a sperm.

What would it be like to be a sperm?

The Great Sperm Race.”, a UK produced TV documentary, seeks to answer this very question. It presents human conception from the vantage point of the sperm.  Starting in the testicle and follows sperm along the arduous journey through the male and female reproductive tracts to it’s own holy grail – the egg.

The film is loaded with experts in human reproduction including –

The film is incredibly engaging. I watched it with my younger brother and sister-in-law who are not as interested in learning about fertility as I am, but it grabbed their attention and made them scratch their heads a bit.  I recommend it to any couple trying to conceive as an entertaining and educational adventure into the human reproductive system chalked full of great tips on maximizing the chances of conception.

Above is posted part 1 of 5. You can find the subsequent sections on youtube

(This is part 1 of 5. Find the rest on YouTube)