For many men, the decision to have a vasectomy was made when they were younger, or when their life situations were different. Many couples seek vasectomy reversals because they have changed their minds about having a child, and some couples wish to reverse the vasectomy because they have sadly lost a child and want to have another baby. Approximately 500,000 men have vasectomies each year and approximately five percent of them will change their minds at a later date. When life circumstances change, Dr. Lerner can provide patients with hope, and the outcomes they have been wishing for - a baby - thanks to his expertise in microsurgical vasectomy reversal.
Dr. Lerner explains that having the vasectomy reversal procedure performed by a highly-skilled microsurgeon gives the patient the best possible chance of a successful outcome and of fathering a child naturally.
What is Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal?
Microsurgical vasectomy reversal is a delicate and complex operation performed to re-establish the pathway of sperm into the ejaculate permitting a man to re-establish his fertility to enable the couples to conceive a baby naturally. This microsurgery is done to reverse the effects of a vasectomy, which cuts the vas deferens. Sperm are made in the testes and then travel through the vas deferens into the ejaculate. A vasectomy creates a blockage in this tube, and a vasectomy reversal is a procedure to bypass this blockage.
As co-director of the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America, Dr. Lerner performs this delicate surgery in one of the most advanced surgical suites that caters to the specialized needs of patients undergoing a vasectomy reversal.
Dr. Lerner explains:
"The opening in the vas deferens is less than one half of a millimeter. The best chance of a positive outcome-so that the vas deferens stays open and the sperm travels through the area-is using a microsurgical technique so the ends of the vas deferens can be realigned and have as water tight closure as possible. Microsurgery gives the patient the best possible chance of a successful outcome."