Surgical sperm retrieval


Surgical sperm retrieval is a technique for collecting sperm from the vas deferens, epididymis or testis. This is a minor procedure, usually carried as a day case surgery under a local or a general anesthetic.To whom surgical sperm retrieval is advised?There are selected groups of patients to whom surgical sperm retrieval is recommended.

Men with complete absence of sperm in their ejaculate when the sperm production by the testicles is normal but there is a blockage, which prevents sperm entering the semen (obstructive azoospermia). This may be due to a blockage of sperm transport tubules (epididymis or vas deferens) for whatever reasons, congenital absence of the vas deference, a previous vasectomy or failed vasectomy reversal.

• Men with complete absence of sperm from their ejaculate due to failure of sperm production by the testicles, about 50 Percentage of these men may have areas in their testicles producing sperm, which do not pass into semen although there is no obstruction (non-obstructive azoospermia). Testicular biopsy from these men may have some sperm which can be used for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

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