I just scheduled my reversal with Dr. Jarvi for September at Mt. Sinai. In September I will be just shy of a year post-vas.
I have the utmost respect and confidence with Dr. Jarvi, and we're incredibly lucky to have him. My reversal is also fully covered by our government health insurance, so this is costing me precisely $0. I feel bad for you guys who have to fork out huge money or fight with insurance companies just for some relief. It's tragic really.
Although, I've improved a bit in the past few months, well it seems that my nerve issues are improving, but my congestion pains are worsening slightly perhaps. I'm at the point now where I don't take any meds except for maybe some tylenol here and there, and my pain doesn't really stop me from doing much, except for say running and maybe a few other things, but it does slow me down, and it's unpleasant, not to mention, I always worry about whether the pain is going to flare up when I'm out in public or at a social event, etc. The pain ebbs and flows throughout the day, sometimes I'll even get a few minutes or an hour of no pain, which is nice, but it always comes back.
I don't know if the reversal will 'cure' me, but I have high hopes that it will do a lot for my congestive pains, and perhaps improve my nerve issues. I've gotta hope so anyways. I mean, most guys have some improvement from a reversal.
As you can imagine I'm nervous as hell now. I know Dr. Jarvi told me that he hasn't had anyone get worse from a reversal, and I do believe that, but I keep thinking - there's a first time for everything, right? I mean, I can live my life right now, but I don't want to be in pain, especially not in my junk, so I have to at least try and find out what's behind door no. 2.
But, if I get worse, I'm in big trouble...even if I'm just 10% worse, that could be enough to render me disabled, and I'll be living a life of even more regret than I am now.
I understand that no one here has the answers, and neither do the docs. Hell, even Dr. Jarvi told me that we have to "roll the dice" and see what happens.
I'm trying to stay positive and hoping for the best, but I'm scared to death of what's next. Not to mention, the hellish recovery I could be in for.