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Vasectomy reversal for chronic testicular pain

June 18th 2010

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A very interesting presentation at the American Urological Association meeting this month has confirmed that vasectomy reversal can be highly effective in treating the pain experience by some men after their vasectomy.

About 1 in 20 men get chronic pain in the scrotum after a vasectomy, and a small but significant number have severe pain which has a marked effect on their quality of life. 85% of men in a recent study had no pain or a significant reduction in pain after vasectomy reversal.

"Pain following a vasectomy is relatively uncommon, but can be chronic, severe, and life-altering, and most men don't get the help they need because urologists typically try a couple of things that don't work and then throw their hands up and tell their patients that they'll just have to live with their pain," said Dr Philip Werthman, MD, director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Vasectomy Reversal in Los Angeles and assistant professor of urology at the University of Southern California.

According to Dr. Werthman’s report, 75% of patients having vasectomy reversal for pain were cured, 10% had greater than a 30% reduction in pain, and 10% had no change in symptoms.