After waffling back and forth for a long time, I had a reversal done with Dr. Marks 17 days ago. I had been seeing Dr. Turek in San Francisco, but elected to go with Dr. Marks, simply because he performs so many more reversals. (Dr. Turek and Dr. Marks have published papers together, and have similar success rates.)
Dr. Marks and his staff have been lovely, and the process was very smooth. It was V/V on both sides, the incision healed without any issues, and I’ve had minimal pain at the incision and reconnection sites. I’m able to walk, exercise, and run with no discomfort.
Unfortunately, starting the day after the surgery, I began to have feelings of pressure in my testicles, especially on the left side. My left side has been my worse side, and these feelings are identical in character to the feelings of pressure that I had before the reversal, and are in fact worse. I had the vasectomy 2 years ago, and I had extreme feelings of pressure initially, which slowly tapered off. They never tapered off completely though, and I continued to find it very distressing. The pressure that I’m experiencing now feels like I’m back at the 3 or 4 month mark.
Dr. Marks found a granuloma on the left side, and additionally remarked that an unusually large amount of the vas on the testicle side on the left was scarred and had to be removed.
My current theory is that the reversal failed on the left side, and that there is now less of the vas to relieve the pressure. Additionally, if the granuloma were indicative of a leak, that too might have been relieving pressure, and could also explain the increased pressure.
Dr. Marks had me on celecoxib after the surgury, and switched me to prednisone a few days ago. I think the hope is that the vas could be closed off due to inflammation. I desperately hope that’s the case, but honestly it feels like a shot in the dark. Technical failure on the left side seems much more likely.
I’m really hoping that someone reads this and says, “Yeah bro, I felt crazy pressure after my reversal, but it went away and now I’m 100%.” but I know that’s just wishful thinking
Has anyone experienced anything similar?
I wish I could say that I’m feeling stoic about it, but I’m miserable. The pressure I was experiencing before the reversal was intermittent, maybe once a day, and bearable but annoying. I was hoping for a full recovery, and the idea that it’s worse is just awful. I’ll know when I get my first semen analysis in 10 days, but if the right side is open know, I might also be fertile, which is not a bonus.