May 28 2009

Clearing Up The Confusion

My doc called today and answered most of the questions we had.  First, he confirmed the surgery date for June 18th, and explained what needed to be done in preparation.  I have to have medical clearance from my primary because they will be tubing me.  I was a little surprised that they decided to tube me, because from other stories I have read, most people just get twilight sedation or local anesthetic.  I’m guessing that because they are repairing both sides as well as taking biopsies, that this might be a little bit longer of a surgery, and that it would warrant being under general anesthesia.

Next he explained that after speaking with Jess’ IVF doc, that he would keep the biopsies and do all the pathology instead.  I’m unsure why IVFNJ would not want to do it.  I have read on other sites, as well as medical journals, that they have frozen TESE sperm with not the greatest results, but some good results, no less.  Oh well, I guess we will just have to go with the flow.

Recovery time for me will be about 2 weeks before I can return to work.  Most people are released for work after 1 week, but with my job, I need to be 100% before I can return.  In regards to the varicocele repair, the doc said you normally have between 3 and 6 months before you can see any results.  He’s putting the mark at 4 months before we do any more testing.   This would put us at starting another IVF round sometime in November or early December (if all goes well).

2 Responses to “Clearing Up The Confusion”

  • Mister IVF Says:

    Go with the flow….lots of flow!!!! Good luck . Certainly positive steps in the right direction

  • Kenny Says:

    Thanks, I just hope it helps. There is conflicting data evrywhere on wether or not varicocele repair does anything. I’m going to stay positive and hope for the best!!

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