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Efficacy of vasectomy reversal according to patency for the surgical treatment of postvasectomy pain syndrome


This study was conducted to assess outcomes (according to patency) of vasectomy reversal (VR) in qualified patients with postvasectomy pain syndrome (PVPS). A total of 32 patients with PVPS undergoing VR between January 2000 and May 2010 were examined retrospectively. Of these, 68.8% (22/32) completed a study questionnaire, either onsite at the outpatient clinic or via telephone interview. Preoperative clinical findings, preoperative and postoperative visual analogue scale (VAS) pain scores, patency and pregnancy rate and overall patient satisfaction were analyzed. For the latter, a four-point rating of (1) cure, (2) improvement, (3) no change or (4) recurrence was used. The mean age was 45.09±4.42 years and the mean period of follow-up was 3.22 years (0.74–7.41). Patency rates were 68.2% (15/22) and pregnancy rates were 36.4% (8/22). The mean VAS was 6.64±1.00 preoperatively and 1.14±0.71 postoperatively (P<0.001). The difference in the mean preoperative and postoperative VAS was 6.00±1.25 (4–8) in the patency group and 4.43±0.98 (3–6) in the no patency group (P=0.011). A significant difference in procedural satisfaction with surgical outcome was observed between patency and no patency groups (P=0.014). In conclusion, in PVPS patients requiring VR, a significant difference was observed between the patency and no patency groups in terms of pain reduction and the degree of patient procedural satisfaction.

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Lee, J., Chang, J., Lee, S. et al. Efficacy of vasectomy reversal according to patency for the surgical treatment of postvasectomy pain syndrome. Int J Impot Res 24, 202–205 (2012).

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  • pelvic pain
  • treatment outcome
  • vasectomy
  • vasovasostomy

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