Microsurgery is a surgical discipline that doctors perform under an operating microscope. Surgical procedures where doctors have to repair or reconnect delicate parts of the body are usually the ones where the use of an operating microscope is necessary. Pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, gynecological surgery, orthopedic surgery, and general surgery are a few examples where microsurgery usually occurs.
Vasectomies and vasectomy reversals are also microsurgeries as they are minimally invasive procedures. The doctors who perform microsurgeries such as vasectomy reversals are microsurgeons. Sweden is the country where the first microsurgery took place.
Early Days of Microsurgeons
During the early days, microsurgeons used to test their surgical procedures mostly on animals. These techniques require a lot of skill and dexterity as even the slightest of mistakes can make things go sideways for the patient. Once the microsurgeons found success in the initial testing stages, they started to perform microsurgeries on human beings. After some initial difficulties and with the advancement of time, microsurgery became common to everyone. Doctors did not hesitate in recommending these procedures of their patients as they were getting safer every year and had high success rates. The climbing success rates meant that microsurgeons could test their skill on other surgeries as well, which is why they began to perform vasectomy and vasectomy reversals using microsurgeries.
Vasectomy reversal is a process that reverses the interruption of the reproductive tract by a vasectomy. Thousands of men undergo vasectomies; these men have different reasons for opting for this procedure. However, later on in their lives, a lot of these men end up regretting their decision of getting a vasectomy, which is why they seek to reverse it. Luckily for them, vasectomy reversals are possible, and plenty of doctors who specialize in vasectomy reversals.
Microsurgeons perform vasectomy reversals by reconnecting the vas deferens. In the early days, vasectomy was permanent contraception for males, but with the passage of time and improvement in the field of microsurgery, vasectomy reversals are not only possible, but their success rates are also high as well.
How Do Microsurgeons Reverse a Vasectomy?
There are two methods that microsurgeons generally use to reverse a vasectomy. In the first method, the surgeons connect the vas deferens ends by sewing them to the penis from the testes together.
In the second method, which is also famous as vasoepididymostomy, the doctors connect the vas deferens to an organ that is present on the back of the testicle. The organ present on the back of the testicle is responsible for carrying the sperm. This method is quite complicated in comparison to the former method, which is why doctors only choose it in rare cases.
Is Microsurgery in Vasectomy Reversals Risky?
Microsurgery has come a long way since its primitive days, and so have microsurgeons. Things are extremely advance in the modern era, and there are tons of tools at the disposal of microsurgeons that allow them to perform the procedure effectively and efficiently without harming the patients.
The success rates of most microsurgeries are staggering, whether it is a vasectomy reversal or any other procedure. Sure, there might be a few bad cases here and there, but overall, there are not many risks associated with microsurgery as long as you work with a qualified and experienced medical expert.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Larish today to discuss your vasectomy reversal options.
Yaniv Larish, MD
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