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I had a vasectomy 10 years ago, regretted it within weeks,

anyway my wife & I now want to extend our family & Im looking for a reversal , I would obviously prefer to go down the NHS route, but I believe that the NHS will not fund a reversal.

Therefore im looking for recommendations on surgeons preferably in eastern Scotland.

 

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Hi,

My DH has a reversal in Hartlepool, please see the attached link.
http://www.vasectomyreversals.co.uk/
Andrew Dawson specializes in micro surgery and did a great job. We did get some sperm come through but they had antibodies attached so after a couple of years with no success, eventually I went down the IVF route but would still recommend Andrew.

Hope you are lucky.

Nicnack xx
 

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HI


My husband also had Vasectomy reversal in Hartlepool, Andrew Dawon is great, even though unfortunately it wasn't successful, due to problems after original Vasectomy. I know its probably quite a way from where you live, they will also recommend some great hotels for you, i would recommend you have a look at their website, as they have testimonials and success rates on there, i think we paid about £2850, in april 03.
good luck on finding a clinic

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Sorry forgot to say, there is also a post on vasectomy reversal on the introductions board, I know there is a post on there about a vasectomy reversal being done on nhs.

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Hi,

My DH is not in the same position as you, but I do know that our urologist favours PESA over a reversal, as he says the success rates are much better and recommends them over a reversal.

I know your DW would have to have tx herself, but it may well be worth looking at both options and both odds of success.

Best of luck with whatever you choose.

Natalie x.
 

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This is all such a minefield, I thought I had nothing better to do than arrange a reversal & that would be that, I didnt know about failures & antibodies or any of the rest of it.

this is looking increasingly like an unachievable dream, the costs seem astronomical should reversal be unsuccesful.

 

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Hi Tragus,

Don't give up hope!

A reversal might be successful for you. If you can afford it, I would recommend you visiting an urologist. He can then advise you from there as to best options.

PESA where I live (S Wales) privately costs £1500, but then you would have the costs of tx for your DW on top of that.

It is a minefield. We have come up with all sorts of obstacles. A failed PESA (we now think there is an obstruction) and now TESE, scheduled for January. These 2 operations alone will be costing us £4500. Our life savings drastically disappearing before our eyes, but we won't give up!!

Having said that many girls on this site DH's have had successful PESAs after a vasectomy.

If you are going to go down this route, it is best to check out all options. We didn't know that TESE and PESA could be done at the sametime and had we known we would have had the more expensive operation first, rather than opt for the cheaper one, hoping for success and then having to have the other one after all.

Hope you can get to see someone who will hopefully be able to answer all your queries.

Natalie x

 

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Hi

I wish we had found this board b4 dh had his vr, because we didnt even consider just going for ivf or icsi, instead of reversal, we are now doing the egg share scheme, which gives us discounted ivf treatment.

good luck

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We are in exactly the same boat at the minute.

Hubby going for reversal but we really want the best surgeon to highten his chances.

The Hartlepool clinic is in the running so far but it is also the most expensive.  It's £3500 plus their is a 6 month waiting list.

We were recommended a consultant by our G.P but he has since retired so we have been doing all the research ourselves.

Anyway if you find out any more info.  Then please let us know

Joanne xx

 

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My DH had his reversal in 2002 and whilst not altogether successful it wasn't a completely wasted procedure - we could still achieve a natural pg possibly but have decided to opt for ICSI. He paid privately at a BMI hospital near Worthing and I'm sure it was only £1200 or so. Long way from Scotland however but there must be similar prices at other private hospitals?

Wishing you lots of luck in whatever you decide.

Wis.
 

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All,

read an article in Evening Standard today - Tues 30th Nov - Es Review - Pg 24.... all about vasectomy...it mentions Andrew Dawson and Hartepool Clinic too....

lots of luck, Deborah
 

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Hi Deborah,

I only just saw your post, so i didnt get the paper, what did it say about Andrew Dawson, would be really interesting to know.

thanks

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My Gp has reffered me to Urologist at local hospital, says he cant see a problem with getting on NHS.

Fingers crossed
 

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Hi bitbit,

I dont have the copy of the newspaper anymore (sorry). There was a small paragraph mentioning Andrew Dawson, the clinic and cost of procedure. Also along article about  vasectomy's.

Perhaps ES has a website with old articles? Deborah
 

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Hi Tragus
Just thought I would tell you our story, my DH had a vas reversal in 1999 at a Bupa hospital in Warrington which was successful, 77 million sperm per 1 ml. Fantastic result, and I got pregnant the same month, sadly I had a miscarriage. I then got pregnant again a few months later and our little boy is 4 and a half.
When he was one year we started to try again but nothing happened which was a big shock as it was so easy the last time.
DH's tubes had blocked so he had a 2nd reversal which was done at the same hospital, this time only 12 million per ml, but we had it frozen because there wasn't much chance of achieving a natural preg.
I am now preg after ICSI and we are expecting twins in March which is fantastic.
I feel that my DH has gone through alot of discomfort which could have been avoided if someone had explained to us that there was a high possibility of the tubes blocking because of scar tissue. We could have had some sperm frozen after the 1st reversal. This would have saved us £1500.
We were told there was no way the NHS would pay.
I hope you are one of the lucky ones and freeze it!!!!!!!!!!
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Hi

We have been in the same situation as yourselves.  My Dh had a vasectomy when he was in his previous marriage and has 2 lovely kids.  We had the reversal done privately in Stoke on Trent where we live.  I think it cost about 2K all in all.  Unfortunately things did not turn out as we thought.  We foolishly thought hed have the reversal and conceive naturally.  Ivf didn't even feature in our thought until we got the letter explaining that the reversal was not successful at all.  We are now in a situation where we feel that the surgery was a total waste of time and my DH has said that if hed have known all the risks and issues surrounding it he wouldn't have had it done at alland would have taken advice from he fertility clinic instead.  we seen the operation as a waste of money.  the only advantage it has had for us is that we don't need to have surgical sperm recovery, he can just use natural methods to produce his sperm for the treatment. 

I don't want to put you off if you want to go for the surgery...just thought id give you my side so you are well informed and are given the info b4 surgery.

I hope that your dreams of little angels come true whichever road you decide to take

Good luck

Sharon x
 

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Hi - just going to poke my nose in as well.

My DH had a vasectomy 12 years ago. We went to see a private urologist to get advice on a reversal as we truly believed at the time that this would be our only option.

How wrong we were  ? There are loads of ways of retrieving sperm. In our case the urologist suggested that a reversal would result in nothing. After 12yrs the level of scar tissue would be too much to be able to rejoin the tubes..suggest you need to speak to a specialist to give you advice on success rates based on vasectomy timing etc. Our urologist was fab & we walked away feeling so well informed.

Anyway - we opted for PESA...a glass needle injected into the epidydimis through the scrotum. All done under local anaesthetic..my dh was so brave & it paid off as we have lots f lovely sperm to start ICSI in the New Year.

If it makes you feel better, my DH bits were sore for about a week & took about 4 days off work, avoided the gym & tight trousers. So a good recovery all in all.

Good luck whatever you decide just make sure that all the options are clearly explained to you first so that you don't end up throwing money away.

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Hi all

This is an interesting debate.  My DH had a reversal done privately which was successful in that the tubes were reattached and sperm was coming through again but the big problem with reversal seems to be the antibodies which their body starts to produce when the vasectomy is initially done.  This is because the sperm cannot escape through the normal route, so the body starts to create antibodies.

Even once the tubes are reconnected the antibodies remain.  They make any sperm immotile by clumping it all together and as in my DH case eventually no live sperm mature & survive.

In retropsect we should have gone straight for icsi but of course there are successful reversals so you never know.

Anyway the great thing with pesa/tesa & icsi following vasectomy is as long as there are no female issues as well (or even iof there are, as in my case), your chances of a successful pregnancy are good.

So good luck everyone!!

Vicky x





 

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Hi

My DH had a reversal, he had it done at a BUPA Hospital in Kent and it cost £1600, the NHS were not interested so we paid privately, it worked initially but now it hasn't as his antibodies are high? We have now got to find another £2000 for sperm retrieval! I just wish we had done that initially and had more money to put towards ICSI, hindsight is a very fine thing!

Good Luck with whatever you choose!

;D ;D ;D

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Hiya everyone!
                        My hubby and I have only been married 2 months and are looking into vasectomy reversals. He had his done 7 years ago so time is ticking on for him. We both come from Cornwall and was wondering if anyone could recommend a clinic near us or any clinic for this prcedure. We are going travelling early next year and was considering having it done abroad but i'm worried as you here about all these dodgy clinics claiming that they can do this and that but you come out worse off.
If anyone can give us abit of help we would be really grateful.
Tans&Dar xx
 
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