Dr. Mark Hickman, MD, FACS, an expert vasectomy reversal surgeron in New Braunfels, TX, wants to point out that the procedure is also being used to fight the onset of male depression following the original procedure. Studies have revealed that psychological complications, such as depression, may occur after the vasectomy procedure especially for those who were not provided with proper counselling. Even for those who have children, feelings of regret and sadness about losing the ability to beget a child may happen.
Dr. Mark Hickman is also motivated by his religious belief that artificial contraception is not right and that only natural methods of contraception should be followed. He says, “As an active member of my church I became involved with and passionate about the Men’s ACTS Retreat Ministry and currently serve on the Apostolate Board for the North American Province of the Missionaries of the Holy Family. I also currently serve on the Board of Directors of TIPHER (The Institute for Public Education, Health, and Research).”
To make it easier for men who regret having had the vasectomy procedure or simply want to be able to father a child again to have the vasectomy reversed, he is offering two all-inclusive options to bring down vasectomy reversal cost to levels that may be afforded by more people. These are all-inclusive offers, which means patients are assured there will be no additional costs later on. The first option is priced at $3,300 and this includes local anesthesia and oral sedation. The other option is priced at $4,200 and includes IV sedation that will be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist.
Dr. Mark Hickman explains, “When vasectomy reversal doctors perform microsurgical vasectomy reversal under local anesthesia, a small incision is made on each side of the scrotal skin. The two ends of the vas deferens are found and freed from the surrounding scar tissue. I do a microsurgical repair of the vas deferens using a Zeiss OPMI-MDM operating microscope utilizing 10-0 nylon suture (much finer than a human hair). The repair requires 10-15 stitches. The goal is to create direct and careful alignment of the lumen of the two ends of the vas and a watertight closure.”
To increase the chances of a successful vasectomy reversal, a sample of the fluid from the testicular end of the vas is examined under a microscope. This fluid should contain sperm because the testicle continues to make sperm even after the vasectomy procedure. There are three possible scenarios. The first one, which is the best situation, is that whole sperm is found in the sample fluid. The second one, which is the more common situation, is that the fluid is thin and contains no whole sperm but only sperm parts. The third possibility is that the fluid is thick and doesn’t contain any sperm.
The third situation is what is known as an epididymal blowout, which is an obstruction at two levels. One possibility is an obstruction at the vasectomy site and the other possibility is a rupture of the tube in the epididymis. In such a situation, the surgeon will need to perform a vasoepididymostomy in addition to the vasovasostomy. The method for the vasoepididymostomy is a microscopic invagination of the epididymal tube into the lumen of the vas deferens and this requires 10-0 nylon sutures. It is important to note that there is no additional cost if both repairs have to be performed because of the all-inclusive costs offer.
Launched in 1988, Dr. Mark Hickman’s practice provides his pioneering microsurgical and minimally invasive strategy for vasectomy reversal. He went for general surgery residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and it was during this time that he came to know about the microsurgery techniques that were then being applied in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He immediately realized the different advantages for his patients that the minimally invasive methods would provide, so he decided to use these microsurgery methods in his vasectomy reversal practice.
Those who are interested in learning more about vasectomy reversal can check out Dr. Hickman’s website or contact him on the phone or by email. The practice is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, from Monday to Friday.
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Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversals by Dr. Mark Hickman
598 N Union Ave #200
New Braunfels, TX 78130
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