When sperm is not present in the ejaculate, surgical sperm recovery may be recommended in order to collect sperm for treatment.
This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic. A needle is inserted through the scrotal skin into the epididymis or testes and gentle suction is applied. Sufficient sperm can be obtained in 80 percent of procedures. Sperm collected in this way can then be used in assisted insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
If possible, we will obtain enough sperm for freezing as well. This may mean that you will not need another sperm recovery procedure if future IVF cycles are undertaken.
Men can usually go to work the day after this procedure.