Not yet. I’m currently taking testosterone in order to try to reduce sperm production and alleviate congestion. Things have gotten a lot better, although still not 100% back to normal. On and off pain and pressure, sometimes very annoying. Dr. Turek wants me to discontinue testosterone in a few months. If things get worse at that point, congestion is an easy diagnosis and a reversal will clearly be the way to go.
I’m grateful that my pain is for the most part manageable, just annoying and frustrating, but it’s very annoying that the way forward still isn’t clear. If things were much worse I would get a reversal from Dr. Marks or Dr. Turek without worrying about insurance paying for it or the risks. But the way that things are, I know that irreversible nerve damage is always a possibility from more surgery, and my insurance may not cover a reversal, so I’m not sure if a reversal is worth it, even if I’m not back to 100%.
Anyways, just a little review of Dr. Turek. He’s very smart, very compassionate, and from what I know is a very talented surgeon. I have spoken to Dr. Marks as well, and Dr. Marks and Dr. Turek both speak highly of the other, so that gives me a lot of confidence. I think that if my situation were worse or I made the decision to go through with it, Dr. Turek would be supportive of going with the reversal.
One issue with Dr. Turek is that he’s very expensive. The initial consult was $500 dollars (or $300, not 100% certain) and phone consults after that have been $100 each. He doesn’t take insurance, so I’ve had to make claims with my insurance company to get reimbursed.