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what kind of complications might happen from a microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
42 years experience Fertility Medicine
Sperm Aspiration: Sperm aspiration works best for obstructive (blocked) azoospermia, such as after vasectomy or infection. We aspirate sperm from the testicle or epididymis and the choice of site is more related to the doc. The risks are very small: anesthesia, bleeding/hematoma, and discomfort. I find these very uncommon. The small tubules of epididymis could get blocked (already a problem). Review with doc.
Answered on Aug 14, 2012
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Dr. Steven Lindheim
36 years experience Fertility Medicine
Not many: Theorhtically there could be entry into a blood vessel causing a blood collection called a hematoma. We always put ice arouond the biopsied area to prvent excessive swelling.
Answered on Feb 15, 2012

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