Male Fertility Surgery
If you have had a vasectomy or are struggling with other fertility issues, you may be happy to know that there are many surgical options available to help restore your fertility. In the past, male fertility was considered difficult to solve and sometimes, not even worth treating. Luckily though, times have changed. In fact, today's microsurgical techniques have made it possible to correct many male fertility problems. If you are facing male fertility concerns, surgery may be the right step for you.
Reasons for Surgery
If you are unable to produce sperm in your ejaculate you may want to consider some form of male infertility surgery. New surgical methods developed in the past ten years have made it much easier to restore your sperm flow, thus allowing you to father a child. There are a number of reasons that your sperm flow may be compromised:
- surgical trauma
- epididymal blockage (caused by infection or inflammation)
- vas deferens blockage
- ejaculatory duct blockage
Whatever the reason for your compromised sperm production, you may consider consulting with your health care provider for more information about your options.
There are a number of different types of procedures that have been proven effective in restoring sperm flow. Depending upon the type of blockage you have, you may be more suited to a certain procedure.
A varicocelectomy is a treatment for varicoceles that occur in your testes. It is a very common procedure and can be done in a relatively short period of time at your local clinic or in hospital.
Varicoceles occur when the blood flow in one or both of your testes begins to back up. This causes an enlarged vein, which is very similar to a varicose vein. A varicocele is generally painless, though varicocele symptoms can sometimes include dull aching or swelling when you have been standing for long periods of time. Varicoceles can compromise sperm production because abnormal blood flow increases the temperature in the testes. Mild cases of varicocele may be treated through non-surgical methods.
The ProcedureA varicocelectomy can be perfomed with relatively little trauma to the body. A small incision is made in the abdomen, through which your surgeon can tie of certain blood vessels in order to limit blood flow. A second incision is then made and a microscope is inserted. This allows your surgeon to accurately identify problem veins. These veins are then repaired, eliminating the varicocele and allowing blood flow to return to normal. This should help to restore sperm production.
Varicocelectomy success rates are very high, with about 97% of men experiencing normal bloodflow and sperm production. Some men will develop more varicoceles at some time in the future, however this is uncommon.