Dr. Kavoussi presents research on factors impacting couple’s decision making between vasectomy reversal and sperm retrieval/IVF in San Francisco at the AUA meeting.

There were over 16,000 urologists attending from all over the world at the 2018 American Urological Association national meeting in San Francisco.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi presented his research on the factors that impact a couple’s decision making when the male partner has had a vasectomy and the couple is interested in achieving a pregnancy.  Two options are available for such …

Dr. Kavoussi writes commentary in Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery textbook

As a regarded expert in the field of testicular pain, Dr. Kavoussi was selected to write a chapter in the Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery textbook.  This text is a widely used book outlining procedures in urologic surgery utilized by urologists and resident and fellows in training.  Dr. Kavoussi’s commentary is on simple orchiectomy, surgical removal of the testicle for …

Dr. Kavoussi publishes study on factors impacting couples’ decision making between vasectomy reversal and sperm retrieval/IVF.

Five-hundred thousand men in the United States undergo vasectomy annually.  Approximately 6% of these men will change their minds about their choice of having undergone surgical contraception.  The two options facing couples who want to conceive when the male partner has previously undergone vasectomy are vasectomy reversal (VR) or sperm retrieval (SR) with in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI).  There …

Dr. Kavoussi serves on the executive advisory board of RAMSES advancing the use of robot assisted microsurgery.

Dr. Kavoussi has been a leading advocate for the use of robotics in the assistance with microsurgery, such as with vasectomy reversals. He states, “adding the precision of a machine to the skill and knowledge of anatomy and tissue handling for microsurgery has significantly advanced the field. Robotics provide the surgeon certain technical and ergonomic surgical advantages which just cannot …

Toxic impact of Promescent on sperm published in Urology Gold Journal

Dr. Kavoussi and his laboratory team found that a commonly used topical medication for premature ejaculation, Promescent, is toxic for sperm. For men who undergo vasectomy reversal, surgical success is the first step. The couple then needs to optimize their odds of success at conception by avoiding exposures that have an adverse impact on their ability to achieve a pregnancy. …

Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award given to Dr. Marc Goldstein

At the annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual scientific meeting and expo, the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award is given to a teacher in reproductive medicine.  The teacher who is awarded this scholarship is recognized as an outstanding educator in reproductive medicine.  The award is made possible through an educational endowment from members of the Kavoussi family. At the …

Dr. Parviz Kavoussi’s research on drug therapy and semen parameters presented at ASRM

Men who undergo vasectomy reversal and have low testosterone should not be treated with testosterone replacement, as it will suppress sperm production.  There is no clear answer in the scientific research on whether Clomiphene Citrate, a commonly used medication to treat low testosterone in men who want to maintain fertility potential in a way that is not detrimental for sperm, …

The team at AFRM/Westlake IVF presents research on Promescent®’s impact on sperm at American Society for Reproduction Medicine Meeting

Approximately 20-30% of men complain of premature ejaculation, making it one of the most common sexual complaints in men. Promescent®, is a commonly used over the counter desensitizing spray used for the treatment of premature ejaculation. We sought to learn whether this treatment may have an adverse impact on sperm and potentially fertility by performing basic science experiments. Twenty specimens …

Sperm parameters predicting fertility after vasectomy reversal

The mainstay of evaluation of the effectiveness of a vasectomy reversal is the semen analysis that is performed following the procedure, and of course the end-point of achieving a pregnancy.  This is how we assess if the vasectomy reversal was successful or not.  It is not uncommon for semen parameters to be suboptimal early after vasectomy reversals, for example, at …

The benefit of a tissue interposition technique for vasectomy

When a vasectomy is being performed, there are a number of ways it can be performed.  Besides the minimally invasive, no-scalpel technique to make it as easy as possible on patients and minimize complications, Dr. Kavoussi believes the best way to obstruct the vas deferens is with a tissue interposition.  There are a number of techniques that can be used …