FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, CAMBRIDGE, MA, July 13, 10:00 AM: Dr. Sidney Rubenstein, a recognized expert in Urologic Surgery and long time WorldPath Associate described vasectomy and vasectomy reversal as well as other important and relevant topics for WorldPath Clients.
“For men who would like to be certain not to father any more children, the no-scalpel surgical vasectomy is the way to go,” says Dr. Rubenstein This procedure is done in the privacy and comfort of the surgeon’s office. Local anesthesia and sedation are administered, making this procedure painless. The reliability of this procedure in producing permanent sterility is 99.95 %. Potential complications are minor, and occur in less than 1% of cases. Vasectomy does not cause any change in sexual performance, function, pleasure, sensation, interest, desire, satisfaction, erection, ejaculation or volume of semen. Dr. Rubenstein has successfully performed more than 2,000 vasectomies.
For men who have had a surgical vasectomy in the past, and now wish again to be able to father children, the quickest and simplest method is surgically reattaching the tubes. (Another option is In Vitro Fertilization, so-called Test-tube fertilization, but IVF is a longer and more complex process, and involves surgical procedures on both the man and the woman, whereas vasectomy reversal does not involve the woman at all.) ” Vasectomy reversal is a very low-risk procedure, and is done via a 2 cm incision in the scrotum (testicle sac) under anesthesia in the operating room. The man has essentially no discomfort upon waking, and he can leave the hospital the same day if he wants,” Dr. Rubenstien told WorldPath Clients inBoston. The success rate of getting pregnant is almost as high (76%) as getting pregnant if a vasectomy were never done (80%.) Also, success is higher the sooner the reversal is done after the initial vasectomy, but even so, Dr. Rubenstein has had successes even 18 years after the initial vasectomy! Dr. Rubenstein has done well over 50 of these procedures, producing scores of beautiful children.
Dr. Rubenstein also discussed treatment of erectile dysfunction. The inability of a man to get an erection that is hard, straight and lasts long enough, increases with age, and is more common in men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, neurological problems and prior cancer treatments. Pills, like Viagra, are the first line of treatment, but pills often stop working over time, and some men cannot take pills because they have heart disease. Other treatments that we offer include penile self-injection, vacuum pump and urethral suppository.
Men who want a permanent solution, and who want to get a rigid erection whenever they please, without needles or pumps, usually opt to have implantation into the penis of a prosthesis. An implanted inflatable penile prosthesis is comfortable, completely concealed inside the body and will work whenever the man wishes, by simply activating the prosthesis by pressing with his hand on a tiny ball which is placed surgically into the scrotum (testicle sac.) The entire implantation surgery takes less 90 minutes, and the man may leave the hospital the same day if he wishes to do so. Dr. Rubenstein has a robust experience placing the penile prosthesis, having done nearly 100 implantations.
Sidney Rubenstein, M.D. FACS, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Program in Urology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. He has been providing urological care for WorldPath patients for over 15 years.