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Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration

Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration is a procedure where sperm is recovered directly from the epididymis (where sperm are stored from each testicle).

What is percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration?

In this procedure sperm is recovered directly from the epididymis (where sperm are stored from each testicle).

What does the procedure involve?

PESA is usually carried out under local anaesthetic by the consultant urologist. A fine needle will be inserted into the epididymis. Sperm can then be removed with gentle suction. It is normal to feel some discomfort in the groin for a few days after this procedure, but this will settle with mild painkillers.

For more information, and if you have any queries, speak to your consultant.

Suitability

PESA is appropriate for men who have no sperm in the ejaculate because they are born with no vas deferens (the sperm-carrying tube), or because the tube is blocked. MESA is also suitable for men who have had a vasectomy.

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Specialists offering Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration

Mr Vaibhav Modgil

Consultant Urological Surgeon and Andrologist

BM, MRCS, MSc, FRCS (Urol)

The Highfield Hospital 1 more The Alexandra Hospital

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Miss Leila Hanna

Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician

MBBCh, FRCOG

The Blackheath Hospital 2 more Chelsfield Park Hospital The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Jaimin Bhatt

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBChB, MMed (Surgery), FRCS (Urology), FEBU

Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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Mr Raj Nigam

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBBS, MD, FRCS, FRCS (Urol), FEBU

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Alvan Priddy

Consultant Gynaecologist

MBChB, FRCOG, MD

The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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