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Doctor insights on: Swollen Vas Deferens After Vasectomy

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Can I have most of the vas deferens removed during my vasectomy?

Can I have most of the vas deferens removed during my vasectomy?

Why?: There is no advantage to removing more vas than a centimeter. It doesn't make it more successful and can increase complications. Read more

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Vasectomy (Definition)

Tubes on both sides from testicle to prostate that carry sperm made by testicles are brought out through a small skin puncture in the scrotum and either cut, tied, burned or clamped. Simple procedure, cost effective and usually with minimal side effects. Low failure rate. Clinic procedure, done in office with local anesthetic to skin. Minimal down time. A very ...Read more


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How much of the vas deferens would constitute too much removed, to be able to have a vasectomy reversal?

Vas reversal: Successful fertility after vas reversal depends on many factors. Length excised is usually not well documented. A more identifiable determinant would be length of time since vasectomy. The greater the number of years, the less the success. At best, the success rate rarely is above 50% (using pregnancy as the determinat of "success"). Read more

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My left Vas deferens tube is swollen, right one is skinny. What's the cause, is it life threatening?

My left Vas deferens tube is swollen, right one is skinny. What's the cause, is it life threatening?

No: Nothing you describe is life threatening. Swelling of the vas deferens is usually part of prostatitis and epididymitis.However, you need to be physically examined and not try to self diagnose. Please see your doctor for physical examanation, diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Good luck. Read more

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Had a vasectomy 2 weeks ago and the vas deferens are still swollen. Taking 800mg ibuprofen every 4hrs. Should I worry? Doc saw me last week.

Had a vasectomy 2 weeks ago and the vas deferens are still swollen. Taking 800mg ibuprofen every 4hrs. Should I worry? Doc saw me last week.

Overdose & call Dr: First risk is >2400mg of Ibuprofen daily significantly increases risk of kidney injury. Persistent pain needs reevaluation. Call your dr. Read more

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What is purpose of anastomosis between the epididymus and the vas deferens?

Fertility: Performed to correct blockage of vas deferens, usually following vasectomy, or epididymal duct. Obstruction to permit passage of sperm. Procedure bypasses obstruction, experts at micro-reconstructive urology believe procure has higher success rate for reanastomosis than vasovasostomy vasectomy reversal. Read more

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Are there ways to detect whether the vas deferens near the ampulla is blocked by scars?

Are there ways to detect whether the vas deferens near the ampulla is blocked by scars?

I believe: The development of MR (magnetic resonance) imaging has enabled the visualization of the vas deferens (there are two). The most natural abnormality of a vas is non-development/lack of it. Or, scarring could have resulted from a surgical procedure to cut them blocking sperm movement, i.e. a vasectomy. I'm not sure what the indication is for detecting this, but I'm certain your Urologist can help. Read more

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Why is it I can't read about vas deferens infection in the internet? Is there such thing?

Epididymitis?: Re-read reply yesterday. I've never heard of infection limited to the vas deferens and don't know how it could be diagnosed. If you had testicular pain and swelling, maybe it was epididymitis. (Some doctors might describe epididymitis as an infection involving the vas deferens.) If this seems to make sense, read about epididymits. At your age, almost all cases are STDs, chlamydia or gonorrhea. Read more

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What can cause vas deferens/epididymis to not work properly after even the infection has recovered?

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What can cause vas deferens/epididymis to not work properly after even the infection has recovered?

Here are some....: Yes, it is possible, but how this concern may apply to personal clinical profile in a sensible way should hinge on the clinical concern such as the issues of infertility, genitourinary symptoms, etc. Note: Our body has a strong healing ability to return its functional state in a great degree, though never be perfect as that at birth since life is a one-way street of accumulation, modification, ... Read more

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I have what feels like a rough mass around my vas deferens of my left testical. I have noticed slight discomfrt from yesterday. Could it be cancerous?

I have what feels like a rough mass around my vas deferens of my left testical. I have noticed slight discomfrt from yesterday. Could it be cancerous?

Get evaluated.: To be reassuring, what you are describing sounds like an epididymal cyst, a very common, benign, and non-cancerous condition. Masses outside of the testicle itself are rarely malignant. However, I recommend you get an exam to make sure it is not something that may warrant a testicular ultrasound. I applaud your use of testicular self examinations. Continue them to see if you notice any changes. Read more

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Can I request to get my vas deferens blocked by burning rather than getting cut or tied during my vastecomy? If yes how to make sure I communicate this accurately to the doc? Thanks

Can I request to get my vas deferens blocked by burning rather than getting cut or tied during my vastecomy? If yes how to make sure I communicate this accurately to the doc? Thanks

Of course: The urologist can cauterize (burn) the vas enough that
it is scarred....What is the basis of your question??
You need, as is the custom, to submit specimen after 4-5 ejaculations to check absence of sperm!! before you
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What is the definition or description of: vas deferens?

See below: The vas deferens (plural: vasa deferentia), also called ductus deferens (latin: "carrying-away vessel"; plural: ductus deferentes), is part of the male anatomy of many vertebrates; they transport sperm from the epididymis in anticipation of ejaculation. Read more

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Can there be cancer on the vas deferens?

Very uncommon: Cancers of the testicle are much more common than cancers of the vas deferens. While it is possible it is highly unlikely. Cancers of the testicle can involve the vas deferens by direct extension. Read more

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Has anybody done surgery to correct a blockage of the vas deferens?

Has anybody done surgery to correct a blockage of the vas deferens?

Yes: Prior vasectomy is a common reason for such surgery with excellent success rates in many patients. Other causes of blocked vas are rare. Epididymal blockage on the other hand is more common from std's and other infections. Surgery to correct this is possible but much lower success rates can be expected. Subspecialty urology would be the best answer for this type problem. Read more

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How long does it take for the vas deferens to reproduce semen after ejaculation?

How long does it take for the vas deferens to reproduce semen after ejaculation?

Vas deferens is duct: Sperm is produced in the testis, they pass into the vas (1) via the epididymis ; thence to the ejaculatory duct. Most of your semen is produced in the prostate gland (3) ; seminal vesicles (2). Some men are able to ejaculate a second time 15 - 30 minutes after the first. Men tend to produce less semen as they age ; thus take longer before they can ejaculate again. Hope this answers your question. Read more

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If the distal end of the vas deferens is infected, will the epididymis always be inflamed too?

Epididymis: The Vas Deferens forms the epididymis so it would be quite ikely that the latter will get infected with an infection of the former. Read more

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When one has vas deferens infection, does the discomfort last the whole day or a few times a day?

Discuss w/ your doc: You have been asking questions about this for several weeks. I don't know if you have had other replies. But this is an extremely unusual situation; I have no idea how one would diagnose an infection limited to the vas deferens; what might cause it (except an STD like gonorrhea or chlamydia, if you had epididymitis); or what discomfort might persist after cure. Discuss w/ the doctor treating you. Read more

Vas Deferens (Definition)

The vas deferens (plural: vasa deferentia), also called ductus deferens (latin: "carrying-away vessel"; plural: ductus deferentes), is part of the male anatomy of many vertebrates; they transport sperm from the epididymis ...Read more