Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal
Robert U. Finnerty M.D. FACS
Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal
Robert U. Finnerty M.D. FACS

Preparation for Surgery

Preparing for Your Surgery

deer in fieldIn order to have the safest and most comfortable experience with your surgery, certain preparations are important. The following information is provided to help you prepare for your vasectomy reversal surgery.

Please read and follow this advice carefully, and be sure to call us if you have any questions.

  • You should avoid taking any aspirin or aspirin-containing products for two weeks before your surgery. Products containing anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), Naprosyn, or similar drugs should be avoided for one week prior to surgery. These medications prevent normal blood clotting, and increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. (Even a single aspirin tablet will affect blood clotting for over one week!) Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe to take at any time. If you are required to take aspirin or other similar medications for medical reasons, please contact us prior to surgery to discuss them.

  • Some supplements may also increase the risk of bleeding. Known or suspected supplements include:
    • Gingko biloba
    • Garlic
    • Ginseng
    • Fish oil
    • Dong quai
    • Feverfew

  • If you are on blood thinners (such as warfarin, Lovenox, Plavix, etc) it is critical that you contact us prior to surgery, as these greatly increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.

  • You should shower or bathe the evening before surgery.

  • You will need to shave the scrotal area the night before or morning of surgery. The area to be shaved includes the front and sides of the scrotal sac, the penis, and the area over both groins on either side of the penis. It is not necessary to shave the pubic area (the area above the penis). Shaving should be done within 24 hours of the surgery. (Note: the pre-screening call from the OR may tell you not to shave. You should politely ignore this recommendation, which does not apply to this time of surgery).

  • You must have a completely empty stomach for at least 12 hours before the scheduled time of your surgery. This means absolutely no food or fluids, even water. This is required for your safety by the anesthesiologists—there can be no exceptions to this requirement; surgery will be canceled and rescheduled if it is not kept. If you are required to take prescription medications daily, please contact us for further instructions.

My husband had his vasectomy nearly 13 years before the reversal, which resulted in the birth of our daughter.
R.B., California
The reversal surgery was a great success! We are sorry we didn''t contact you sooner. Thank you again for your willingness to provide such a special service for families.
M.F., California
Our family now has 7 blessings, 3 of which you had a very special part in. Thank you!
G.S., Alaska
I am writing to send our heartfelt thanks to you for your expertise. On September 9th, you performed my husband''s procedure. Three weeks later, we conceived our first daughter. She was born exactly 43 weeks post-op. Since then, we have welcomed a son and also another daughter. We''ll always be grateful.
M.H., Vancouver, WA
We wanted to share our delightful news with you. We were blessed with a beautiful baby daughter in October.
D.W, Oregon
Easter blessings to you and your family from us. We are having a special celebration and invite you to join us -- we celebrate the life of our new daughter.
C.K., California
My husband had a vasectomy reversal four and one-half years ago performed by Dr. Finnerty. Three and one half years after, we were able to conceive a child. Our daughter is such a constant joy in our lives.
C.J., California
Thank you for helping our dreams come true.
J.W., Atlanta
We have been so excited about our new son and he has been such a joyous addition to our family ... Thank you so much for your devotion and belief in vasectomy reversal, we have been so blessed by our little guy. Of course, he can never take the place of our daughter who died, but he sure brings new joy to us ... Again, thank you for all you did! We have been so blessed....
M.M., Camas, WA
We were very excited to learn just before Christmas that the surgery was a success. We saved the news for out kids until Christmas Eve and what a blessing their reaction was, it couldn''t have been a better Christmas present! We do thank you so much for providing your services at realistic fees, we could never have done it had there not been options other than what we found locally.
T.S., California
Our child is a true gift from God. God bless you for turning my vasectomy around after 30 years with so much care and love. We will always love you.
J.C., Tennessee
My wife and I would like to give you and your staff a hearty "thank you" for the professionalism and care given us...following my son''s departure to our heavenly Father. Your calming manner and assurance that we had a reasonable chance at reattaching my vas deferens, which might allow us to get pregnant, was at fruition soon after our stay in Tacoma. 14 days following the procedure, my wife ... had become pregnant!. We lost our first son, and Dr. Finnerty, touched by God, enabled us to have another son ...
J.G., Washington
A child is God''s most precious gift. We joyfully announce the birth of our son.
J.C., Idaho
Thank you again for making possible the blessings God had in store for us in the way of children ...
T.P., Minnesota
A little over 5 years ago, my husband and I flew from Chicago to your office to have his vasectomy reversed. We both want you to know how grateful we are -- to you, to your staff, and for your expertise. Since the surgery, we have had Michael (almost 4!) and Mary Jo (10 months) ... We feel it is important for you to know what a difference you made in our lives, and what an awesome grace it was to have you as our surgeon. Words cannot convey how much we appreciate what you have made possible for us -- we will be eternally grateful!
C. & K.P., Chicago