Quick re-cap of my situation: vasectomy Nov '16, reversal Dec '17 w/ Dr. Marks, now 7 weeks post-reversal.
Overall I guess I feel a little better than before the reversal, but I think I’m still healing from the reversal surgery, definitely still room for improvement. I can say the throbbing pressure pain in the balls has been gone since the reversal, but my balls are still tender, I think less than before, but basically I am avoiding all exercise, taking the elevator to reduce ball trauma from moving around. Sitting is definitely uncomfortable still, I think coming from the re-connections. Since the reversal abdominal pain on each side got a bit worse than before, that part I think is coming from the re-connections, still healing from the surgery. I think things are getting better slowly. My feeling is I have a lot of dead sperm and probably inflammation that I need to clear out before things can really settle down. For the first 2 weeks I was icing constantly 30 min on, 5 min off, now I do 30 min ice sessions ~4 times a day, whenever I can or when it feels bad.
I got my first SA back and there are sperm, but not a lot, and 0% motile. 0.2 million/mL, total 0.7 million. So the doc put me on Medrol (steroid) starting yesterday to reduce inflamation, which I have to say seems to be helping with the discomfort. Doc says I probably still have inflammation going on that pinches the vas so not many sperm get out. Seems to me that situation will make it harder to clear out the dead sperm and get back to “normal”, or however close to normal I can get.
Mentally, glad I got the reversal, no regrets. I feel like I took the action that is most likely to help, so I feel great about having gone through the initial recovery and now I have a decent shot at recovering to the point I can exercise again - that is my main goal. On the flip side, the low SA numbers are making me anxious that the tubes will close and I will be back to where I was before the reversal. At this point my biggest fear is scaring over, return of all the pains, and back to wondering what to do about it. I really don’t want to have to grapple with whether or not to have a re-do reversal. That is all just anxiety, hopefully with the meds and more time I will make more progress in the right direction. I will go in for another SA in a few weeks, if the numbers go up I will be ecstatic, if they go down I will be depressed. Unfortunately, still an emotional roller coaster.
I really want to post my pain-free success story on here one day, but realistically it is still relatively early post-reversal for me. Right now I’m taking it day-by-day.