Treatment of Male Infertility
Surgical Sperm Retrieval (SSR) is a method that is used to try to obtain sperm directly from the testis or the epididymis. It can be used for men where we have been unable to recover sperm from the ejaculate or who have had a failed vasectomy reversal. It may also be suitable for men with spinal injuries and where there are problems with normal ejaculatory function. Following sedation and a local anaesthetic, a fine needle is then used to extract small pieces of tissue directly from the site of sperm production. If sperm is found, it can be frozen for use in an IVF cycle later. Because the number of sperm aspirated is small and the motility is reduced, ICSI (Intra- Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is required to achieve fertilization.