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Surgery Gives Low Testosterone A Boost

Male infertility (the inability to reproduce) can be caused by a number of factors, including varicoceles, or swollen veins in the scrotum. Now, it seems varicoceles may lead to problems even more severe than infertility. Varicoceles may disrupt a man’s ability to produce testosterone – a hormone that is extremely important for keeping men in […]

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Helping Couples Achieve Fertility

AUSTIN, TX—In August 2010, Parviz Kavoussi, M.D., joined St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, alongside his father, K.M. Kavoussi, M.D., and his brother, Shahryar Kavoussi, M.D. This family of physicians specializes in all aspects of fertility and reproductive medicine, focusing on both the female and male factors that can affect fertility in couples. “Our patients […]

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Having Klinefelter Syndrome

A common concern for males with KS and their families is the ability to father children. Although subfertility is characteristic of KS and the majority of KS men do not have sperm in the ejaculate, there are exceptions as well as other techniques to help with fertility potential. Although small, firm testes are common among […]

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What’s the big deal about the “no-scalpel vasectomy”?

Although there are a number of differences in how vasectomies are performed by different physicians, they are generally categorized as one of two techniques: the incisional method and the no-scalpel technique. The incisional method is the older, traditional method of using a scalpel to make a 1 cm incision to isolate the vas deferens. The no-scalpel technique uses a sharp, pointed microsurgical instrument with a spreading motion to isolate the vas deferens through a 2-3 mm puncture in the skin. Typically, the puncture site is not identifiable within a month after the vasectomy. The no-scalpel technique has been shown in research studies to result in shorter operative times and it decreases the rate of vasectomy related complications such as bleeding, infection, swelling, and pain during the procedure and early after the procedure. All important stuff! This is the preferred method for these reasons and the only method that Dr. Parviz Kavoussi utilizes to perform vasectomy. He states, “if we have a technique with optimal success rates and lower complication rates, why wouldn’t we use it?”

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Reversing the Vasectomy

The vas deferens: one of the vast differences between men and women. It is basically a small, hollow tube with the consistency of a wet noodle that allows the transit of sperm cells from the testicle on their way to the outside world to try to win the race and be the luckiest, or fittest, to reach and fertilize an egg. Why does it get so much attention in reproductive medicine?

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