NEW YORK, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, roughly half a million men in the U.S. have a vasectomy to prevent pregnancy, but thousands later discover that they would actually like to father children, whether because they remarried or simply changed their minds. The "Patient's Guide to Vasectomy Reversal" explains the procedure and answers the most frequently-asked questions, and is available for urologists through Sharpoint™ (Surgical Specialties Corporation), makers of microsurgical materials. This booklet is also available to patients, free of charge, online at www.harryfisch.com or through the Male Reproductive Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
The booklet has been updated to reflect improvements in vasectomy reversal techniques and equipment that make the procedure faster and less expensive, which will allow many more men to fulfill their desire to father children.
"This technique is a refinement of the classic microsurgical operation that I've performed for many years," says Harry Fisch, M.D., Director of the Male Reproductive Center and a clinical professor of Urology and Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital. "Instead of the usual large incision in the scrotum, we can now perform the procedure with a much smaller incision, using newer microsurgical techniques. This new technique reduces the time required to reverse a vasectomy from about 4 hours to between 2 to 2-1/2 hours."
Because the operation, called a vasovasostomy, is faster and less disruptive to tissue, recovery is faster and patients experience less post-operative pain, Fisch says. The time savings translate into lower costs for the patients.
When performed by a skilled surgeon, the vasovasostomy procedure results in sperm returning to the semen in between 85% to 97% of men. About 50% of couples subsequently achieve a pregnancy. (Another form of vasectomy reversal, called a vasoepididymostomy, has lower success rates.)
"I would encourage any man interested in regaining his fertility after a vasectomy to learn more," Fisch says.
Dr. Harry Fisch, Clinical Professor of Urology and Reproductive Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, is a board-certified urologist and microsurgeon who is also one of the nation's leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of Men's health issues as well as sexuality and fertility problems in couples. Internationally renowned, he has pioneered microsurgical techniques for disorders associated with male infertility such as vasectomy reversal and repair of varicoceles. He is a frequent guest on the Doctor Oz Show and he has been frequently cited in a variety of publications, including USA Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post and has appeared on television's 60 Minutes, 20/20, CNN and Today, among many others. He has been named to the "Best Doctors in America" and "New York Magazine Top Doctor" the past 9 years.
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