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Sperm Retrieval

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Sperm retrieval is performed usually either in conjunction with a cycle of ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), or alternatively may be performed in isolation. 

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Sperm Retrieval

Sperm retrieval locates and removes the sperm from the male testicles. The procedure is done in several cases including if a patient has an obstruction or blockage in his tubules. In addition, men who have had a vasectomy and do not want to undergo a vasectomy reversal may choose to have a sperm retrieval operation.

The procedure is used to enable couples to have children or to freeze sperm. The sperm can then be used through artificial insemination allowing the sperm donor’s partner to become pregnant.

Prior to the procedure

Sperm can be retrieved directly from the epididymis, or sperm reservoir, during a retrieval. Prior to the procedure, patients will undergo an examination with their doctor to see if they are a candidate for the procedure.

Doctors will go over the patient’s medical history ahead of the operation. In addition, doctors must determine if there is active sperm that can be retrieved.

What does the procedure involve?

There are three sperm retrieval procedures a patient can undergo. A Percutaneous sperm aspiration, or PESA, can be performed when there is a blockage or when patients do not want to undergo a vasectomy reversal. This procedure can typically be completed using a local anaesthetic.

A testicular sperm aspiration, or TESA, can also be performed. This can be used for men with blockages or those who suffer from non-obstructive azoospermia. The sperm is retrieved during this method when a needle is inserted into the sperm tubules and extracted.

Micro epididymal sperm aspiration, or MESA, can be done in the case of a PESA failing previously. MESA is performed under a microscope by surgeons. A small incision is made and sperm is extracted from fine tubules that contain sperm.

Recovery

Recovery depends on the method that was used to retrieve sperm. Recovery can range from a few days to a week. Men should avoid physical activity and work following the procedure. The use of an icepack can alleviate pain and swelling in the penis and scrotum.

Patients can be prescribed medication to combat the pain and swelling by their doctors. Patients may also be given antibiotics to prevent infections.

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London Andrology

One of the UK’s most eminent andrologists

Mr Suks Minhas is widely regarded as a leader in the field of men’s health. With specialist interest and expertise in areas including male fertility and erectile dysfunction, penile and testicular cancers and male urology, he sees patients from all over the UK covering a vast range of concerns.

Mr Suks Minhas

Mr Suks Minhas is widely regarded as a leader in the field of men’s health. With specialist interest and expertise in areas including male fertility and erectile dysfunction, penile and testicular cancers and male urology, he sees patients from all over the UK covering a vast range of concerns.

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