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Choosing the right clinic for a Vasectomy Reversal

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Published: 10 Dec 2012

Choosing the right clinic can be a difficult decision because you want to get it right first time.

Important factors to consider

What Vasectomy Reversal technique does the surgeon use?

It seems clear that the enhanced vision achieved under a microscope allows for a more accurate join.

Mr Swinn carries out all vasectomy reversal operations under a general anaesthetic using a high-powered microscope.

Skill of the surgeon

The technical skill (and patience) of the operating surgeon is very important and therefore patients must ensure their has a specific interest in vasectomy reversal. The surgeon must have undergone appropriate training in microsurgery and it is important for them to be doing large numbers of vasectomy reversal operations to keep up microsurgical skills.

Mr Michael Swinn is a Consultant Urological Surgeon and he developed an interest in male infertility while training at Charing Cross Hospital and was trained in microsurgical reversal of vasectomy in Brisbane, Australia, where he undertook a Fellowship in 2003.

He usually carries out between 2 and 5 vasectomy reversals per week, so is doing a large number each year.

The location of the Hospital / Clinic

It is not necessary to live close to the clinic but it can be a practical fact to consider. You need to plan how you are travelling to the hospital and getting home following the procedure. You will not personally be able to drive home so will need to arrange transport. Complications following vasectomy reversal are uncommon but if they do occur then living near the clinic can be an advantage in aiding proper management and review of the complication.

The Vasectomy Reversal Clinic is located at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital in Surrey. It is situated near to the M25 just off the M23, very close to London Gatwick Airport. Patients come from all over the country to have their vasectomy reversed with Mr Swinn. However, the Vasectomy Reversal Clinic is particularly handy for people who live in the London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire area. The clinic is also within a 5 minute taxi ride of Gatwick Airport so making it an ideal clinic for those who live abroad.

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