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I'm after some advice and would like to hear from some one who has possibly been through what i am proposing to do.  I had a vasectomy in 1993 and since them had two failed reversals.  My wife and i have had two failed attempts at ivf/icsi.  What i am hoping for is to try for another reversal.  This is for a few reasons.  Firstly our second attempt cost us in the region of £10,000 this was at the ARGC and was due to the number of drugs she had to take, 8 different types a day some times twice a day.  Also she had to have a drip which they call IVIG? That was £1100 a time.  Secondally as the had to do spermretreval from me by extracting from the epidermis, that tells me that all i have is a blockage.  However that is just my assumption.  As we have had fertilized egg returned both time that also tells me that my sperm is good.  Another reason is that if the reversal fails they can retrieve some more sperm while they are in there.

Has any one out there had a reversal done more than twice?  Was it successful and if so where did you have it done?  Also does the nurse or anyone else think that we are doing the correct thing or should we stay with ivf/icsi but possibly move to another clinic.
 

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I read your message and felt I should reply, my partner had a vasectomy 13 years ago and had a reversal in January of this year. It was unsuccessful. We were both heartbroken. We are told it failed because of a blockage and the thorough job that was done on the origional op. We are unsure where to go from here - we are seeking ivf but also considering adoption. my partner is not considering a redo, He has decided this for a number of reasons, the blockage could be being caused by scare tissue and in our mind, more ops could result in more scar tissue, and also more ops - more risk of testicular cancer which is a real concern for my bloke. We have been told that there is a more sophisticated way of doing the reversal which might result in a better prognosis but we have decided to go for the ssr route.

It is really positive that you have good quality sperm as it means that maybe its just a matter of persevering with it -
I found a good message board where there is the chance to talk to a micro surgoen specialising in reversals - have a look on there it was really helpful for me. http://www.vasectomyreversal.net/
He is an american surgeon but really kind and helpful and answers you questions as fully as possible. there are loads of success stories too!
good luck x
lou
 

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I read your message and felt I should reply, my partner had a vasectomy 13 years ago and had a reversal in January of this year. It was unsuccessful. We were both heartbroken. We are told it failed because of a blockage and the thorough job that was done on the origional op. We are unsure where to go from here - we are seeking ivf but also considering adoption. my partner is not considering a redo, He has decided this for a number of reasons, the blockage could be being caused by scare tissue and in our mind, more ops could result in more scar tissue, and also more ops - more risk of testicular cancer which is a real concern for my bloke. We have been told that there is a more sophisticated way of doing the reversal which might result in a better prognosis but we have decided to go for the ssr route.

It is really positive that you have good quality sperm as it means that maybe its just a matter of persevering with it -
I found a good message board where there is the chance to talk to a micro surgoen specialising in reversals - have a look on there it was really helpful for me. http://www.vasectomyreversal.net/
He is an american surgeon but really kind and helpful and answers you questions as fully as possible. there are loads of success stories too!
good luck x
lou
Hi Lou

Thanks for your reply. It's the first time i've been on this sight. It's was nice of you to reply.

I can under stand you'r husbands concerns regarding cancer but at this present time my priority is to have a child and if any thing else comes along in the process (cancer) we'll have to deal with that there and then. I know it may seem a bit calous but i could just as easy get run down tomorrow, so long as i know i explored exvery avenue then i'll be content. However we are of to see a surgeon on Thursday 27th with a copy of my last notes and hopefull get some good news. Just about to pop of and view the sight that you recommended. Will let you know how i get on on Thursday if you want? Once again thanks for the reply.
 

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I agree with you to be honest.  I am desperate, but have to respect my partners feelings.  As I am childless I will do anything to have a baby of our own, my partner however has a child from a previous  relationship and is coming from a different place and has limits to what he prepared to do to get what we both want.  It is a heart breaking situation but one we are trying to deal with and pull together on. 

I would love to hear how you get on and who the consultant is you are seeing.  At the end of the day you have to make choices based on how you and your wife feel, and yes, need to know you have done what you can or else i think regret will gradually creep in. 

good luck to you both  and let me know what you decide to do
x lou
 

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Hi Lou

Had my appointment last night.  The doctor suggested that i should not have another attempt at the reversal as the chances of success are slightly less than ivf/icsi. I also e-mailed a clinic in Hartlepool which is renowned as one of the top in the country and the doctor there also advised against it,so we have decided not to do it.

One bit of good new that the doctor gave us last night was to try Holly House centre which is quite near to us.  He knows a doctor there and says that he is very good.  This was quite uplifting for us as we are not very happy with the centre we have been attending.  After explaining our reasons why we are unhappy he said that Holly House should suit us.  I have just emailed them to get an appointment.
 
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