OWINGS MILLS, Md., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesapeake Urology Associates (CUA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America (VRCA), the first dedicated program in the mid-Atlantic region to offer the expertise of fellowship-trained male infertility specialists who are dedicated to helping couples conceive children naturally. A new website, www.vasectomyreversalcenterofamerica.com, was launched simultaneously with the center. More and more couples are seeking reversals for a variety of reasons: men who remarry and want to father a child with a new wife, couples who lose a child, or couples who thought they had finished having children and have a change of heart.
In fact, more than 50,000 vasectomy reversals are performed in the U.S. annually, but there are only 600 fellowship-trained male infertility microsurgeons nationwide.
Dr. Karen Elizabeth Boyle, Dr. David M. Fenig and Dr. Brad D. Lerner are co-directors of the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America and are among the top vasectomy reversal specialists in the United States. Their high success rate of 92 percent is nearly triple that of physicians without specific male infertility microsurgery training and ranks among the best in the country. General urologists without microsurgical training realize only a 30-to-40-percent success rate with vasectomy reversal.
"In creating the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America, we wanted to offer couples in this region the best chance for success," says Dr. Sanford Siegel, president and CEO of Chesapeake Urology Associates. "We provide fellowship-trained microsurgeons, specially trained nurses and support staff, and dedicated surgical equipment, which demonstrates our commitment to the needs of couples in this area."
A vasectomy reversal is a microscopic operation that restores the connection of the vas deferens, previously severed during a vasectomy. The vas deferens is the tube that carries sperm from the testes to the ejaculate. Vasectomy reversal is one of two options for couples. Others may choose a more complicated and expensive alternative which involves surgical extraction of the sperm and then invitro fertilization in the hopes of developing a successful pregnancy. Most couples prefer vasectomy reversal which enables the more natural and joyful way to conceive a child, Siegel says.
With their combined years of experience, Drs. Boyle, Fenig and Lerner have performed almost 2,000 successful vasectomy reversals. All three trained at the country's leading program for Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Their expertise provides patients with accessibility to the highest quality of vasectomy reversal. The physicians also have expertise with the more complex microsurgery called epididymovasostomy, which is required during some vasectomy reversal cases when a blockage in the epididymis is discovered.
A successful vasectomy reversal is not dependent on the time that has elapsed since the vasectomy or based on a man's age, but is more dependent on the surgeon's training and expertise. Men continue to produce healthy sperm well into their 70s. The physicians at Vasectomy Reversal Center of America routinely succeed in reversing vasectomies that were performed more than 15 to 20 years ago – and have one patient whose vasectomy was successfully reversed after 42 years. They also perform many successful "re-dos" for patients who have had failed vasectomy reversals at other practices.
Vasectomy reversals take place in a fully-equipped microsurgical suite, certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The experienced operating room team includes microsurgery-trained nurses and board-certified anesthesiologists. The channel of the vas deferens through which the sperm swim is only .2 to .3 millimeters in diameter. Therefore, microsurgical vasectomy reversal is performed with a microscope that provides 16 times magnification of the operating image.
Patients come to the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America from all over Maryland, the U.S. and even outside the country. The Vasectomy Reversal Center of America considers itself a boutique practice dedicated to the comfort and return to fertility of its patients. The goal is to help couples have a baby naturally. The doctors often receive news of pregnancies, birth announcements and baby photos.
Chesapeake Urology Associates is the largest urology practice in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region. Composed of more than 45 of the mid-Atlantic region's top urologists, 4 radiation oncologists, and a urologic pathologist, Chesapeake Urology provides the convenience of 15 urology centers and 14 surgical centers throughout the greater Baltimore, Maryland area. Our experienced, board-certified urologists use advanced treatments to manage all types of urological problems for adults and children including prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, hematuria, erectile dysfunction, male infertility and sexual health, vasectomy and vasectomy reversal, pelvic pain and clinical trials for urologic conditions.
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