Mr Swinn developed an interest in male infertility while training at Charing Cross Hospital and was trained in microsurgical reversal of vasectomy in Brisbane, Australia, where he undertook a Fellowship in 2003.
What happens during vasectomy reversal?
A vasectomy involves cutting the tubes which carry sperms away from the testicle (each is called a vas). Around 4% of men undergoing a vasectomy subsequently require it to be reversed. In essence, the reversal operation involves finding the site of the previous vasectomy on both sides, removing any scar tissue and delicately joining the two ends together. Read more about the reversal operation.
What happens after the operation?
It is important to allow time for the joins to heal properly before returning to normal activity. Ideally, patients should have 8-10 days off work following surgery, although earlier return to work may be possible, depending on the level of activity involved.
Patients should be relatively sedentary during this post-operative period and should “put their feet up” for the first 48 hours or so after going home. A dissolvable suture is put into the skin at the end of the operation so that it does not need to be removed.
All patients are given Mr Swinn’s phone number and are free to contact him after discharge from hospital if they have any concerns.