Reversing the “Older” Vasectomy: A Surgeon’s Point of View

I’m not sure exactly why, but I see a lot of men with “older” (>15 year old) vasectomies who want them reversed. It’s a daily occurrence. Sure, I have published and lectured on this topic, but I think patients also sense that I have a particular interest in these more complex cases. They fall smack into the crosshairs of my interest, skill and expertise.

Fully Loaded

There’s a lot more going on with reversing the “older” vasectomy than you might imagine. In addition to the simple problem of undoing a man-made blockage, there are a host of other issues to consider when reversing men with “older” vasectomies.

All in, both art and medicine are behind the decision to reverse the “older” vasectomy. In a sense, surgeons should have the bigger and longer view what will happen after surgery. Indeed, in the words of Pablo Picasso, the surgeon must “[wash] the dust of daily life off [their] souls” and foresee the true potential that patients have to be fathers again.

This article first appeared on Dr. Turek’s blog.


Dr. Paul Turek, Medical Contributor

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Dr. Paul Turek is an internationally known thought leader in men’s reproductive and sexual health care and research. A fellowship trained, board-certified physician by the American Board of Urology (ABU), he has received numerous honors and awards for his work and is an active member in professional associations worldwide. His recent lectures, publications and book titles can be found in his curriculum vitae.

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