What to Expect During Your Vasectomy Reversal Consultation
If you’re seriously considering a vasectomy reversal, then your next step is to schedule a vasectomy reversal consultation with a surgeon. During this thirty-minute consultation, your vasectomy reversal surgeon will first determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. This will also be an opportunity for you to voice any concerns or questions that will help decide if a vasectomy reversal is right for you. Continue reading to learn what to expect during a vasectomy reversal consultation.
Be prepared to review your medical history
At your consultation, it’s vital that you share your medical history with the doctor. It’s important to be open and honest about any surgery or illness you have had. Your doctor will also need to know what medications you are taking and if you any allergies.
Your doctor may also have other questions, including how many (if any) children you have, how long ago you had your vasectomy, and if you have any men’s health problems, like prostate infections or low testosterone. The doctor may also ask about your partner’s health history, such as if she has ever been pregnant and if she’s had any fertility problems. This information can help determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery and your likelihood of conception post-surgery.
Be prepared for a men’s health physical examination
The next part of the vasectomy reversal consultation is the physical examination. Your doctor will do a scrotal examination to check that the testicles feel healthy and ensure the vas deferens (sperm tubes) are free of any abnormalities. This exam can give some information about the length of the remaining vas deferens and if there are any signs of epididymis blockage. The exam can clue your doctor to which type of vasectomy reversal surgery— vasovasostomy versus vasoepididymostomy— you will need, but ultimately the type of procedure will be determined once the surgery begins.
Be prepared to review the procedure
If we determine that you are a good fit for surgery, we’ll then go over the procedure, recovery and post-op care in detail. This will give you a good idea of the possible benefits and risks of the surgery and set your expectations. We will also discuss how to take care of yourself after the surgery and what the recovery time will be.
Be prepared to ask a few questions
Your vasectomy reversal consultation also gives you and your partner a chance to ask questions and address any concerns regarding the procedure. If you have a significant other, we highly encourage you to bring them with during the consultation. Consider creating a list of questions to bring with you to make sure you can check every inquiry off of your list. We recommend doing your homework and conducting research on the doctor and clinic to make sure they are reputable and qualified to perform the procedure. Now is also the time to ask any specific questions you have, such as if you’ll need to take off any time from work and what to expect during recovery from surgery.
Frequently asked questions during a vasectomy reversal consultation include:
- Which type of vasectomy reversal procedure will I need?
- What are your success rates for vasectomy reversal?
- What qualifications do you have?
- How many years of experience do you have?
- How long does conception take after a vasectomy reversal?
- What will my recovery time be?
Your doctor should be able to address your questions openly and honestly.
Being prepared for your initial consultation will help you get the most out of your time with your doctor. Contact Dr. Harry Fisch for a consultation to see if a vasectomy reversal is right for you.