There are many surgical procedures available for helping men who are experiencing fertility problems. Today there are a number of microsurgical techniques that can help restore a man’s fertility. A varicocelectomy is a treatment for varicoceles in the testes that is a very common procedure and takes a small amount of time.
Varicoceles is a condition that occurs when the blood flow to the testes backs up, which causes enlarged veins that are similar to varicose veins some might see on their legs and feet. Though it is usually painless, it can decrease sperm production because the abnormal blood flow increased the temperature in the testes.
A varicocelectomy is a fairly easy procedure with a very small incision being made in the abdomen through which the surgeon will tie off blood vessels in order to limit blood flow and a second incision for allowing the surgeon to identify what veins are causing the problems. After the problematic veins are taken care of, the sperm production should normalize as well.
The procedure also has a 97 percent success rate and a recurring condition after the surgery is uncommon. A hydrocelectomy is a surgery that is performed in order to remove hydrosols, which are collections of fluid around the testicles and inside the scrotum. It is not a very common procedure, but it is performed sometimes when this condition is causing a person pain or is interfering with ejaculation.
This procedure is also simple. A small incision is made in the scrotum and then the fluid is drained. A hydrocelectomy has a success rate of almost 100 percent. Sometimes men who decide to get vasectomy’s change their minds and want to be able to make more children. In such cases a reversal is possible.
In the so-called vasovasostomy procedure, the surgeon reconnects the end of the vas deferens to allow the sperm to flow through again. Another more complex procedure is called an epididymostomy and it can take up to five hours of surgery. In this procedure the vas deferens is connected directly to the epididymis, thereby bypassing the blockade and restoring the sperm flow completely.
The success rates for a vasovasostomy procedure are also high. Almost 99 percent of men will have sperm in there ejaculate again and about 65 percent will be able to father more children.
It is important in all cases to weigh the options and to see what the easiest and most appropriate procedure is for the individual before actually booking the surgery. A person needs to investigate before getting on the surgery table and look at the cost of each procedure, the expected time of recovery, and whether there are any non-surgical alternatives.