Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversals

Robert U. Finnerty M.D. F.A.C.S.

Restoring the gift of life through microsurgical vasectomy reversal

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Do you use Prednisone, ibuprofin, or similar medications to reduce the risk of scarring after surgery?

 

Some surgeons recommend the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as naprosyn, ibuprofen, or even Prednisone (a steroid) after surgery to reduce the risk of scar tissue formation.

Dr Finnerty does not recommend the use of these medications, as there is no medical evidence that they reduce scarring or improve surgical success rates after vasectomy reversal. While anti-inflammatory medications are generally benign, and are useful for controlling mild postoperative discomfort, they may increase the risk of bleeding and can be hard on the intestinal tract.

The use of Prednisone is of greater concern, as it may have serious adverse side effects, impairs wound healing, and increases the risk of infection after surgery.

Vasectomy reversal is technically demanding, and even in the most experienced of hands is sometimes unsuccessful. The best antidote to surgical scarring is a precise microsurgical repair by a surgeon with extensive experience in microsurgical vasectomy reversal.

For more information on why vasectomy reversals fail, see this page.

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