Michael finally got an appt with his doctor and they gave him his referral to urology. The doc was super helpful, and has been through the process himself, of having a vasectomy reversal. He also said that they are pretty good about getting people through in a short amount of time. Something to do with a new surgery (haven't heard of this so not sure what it refers to, wasn't at the appt) and it making them look like they're more for procreation. My guess would be that some people have made it a big deal about all of the vasectomies that they do and being anti families/children. Which is awesome, because that's going to help me out! We have to call Wednesday for the actual appt to give enough time for the referral to go through, and then we'll see how long it takes to get an actual appt with urology. It should be 30 days at most but i'm hoping it'll be sooner.
I also found a group on babycenter for people interested in vasectomy reversals, which is really helpful. I finally feel like I have people to talk to that know how i'm feeling and can really understand. I also found some girls that had recent experience with their hubbies having surgery done at Madigan (our local military hospital at JBLM), and had some good advice/info. One of the girls was able to get on the list as soon as they had their referral, even before they had their appt with urology. That's what i'm hoping for. I'm going to call after he gets his appt on Wednesday and hope that we can get on it and skip some waiting time. Both of the girls, it took about a month and half after getting on the list! That's amazing to me!
What to do first/already completed:
- Soldier goes to his local aid station to get an appt with his doctor
- Appt with doctor to request referral
- Call phone number to get appt with urology
- Call urology to see if we can get on list early
- Appt with urology dept - get on list if not already on
- Wait till our time is up on the list and then surgery! :)
- Start babymaking!
*Are you (or your husband) a soldier and has had a vasectomy? Do you want to have it reversed so that you can have children? It is possible! Tricare does not cover vasectomy reversals but specific military hospitals do the surgery for FREE on an on call basis. Once you get on the list, you wait till your name is on the top, and when they have a surgery that is cancelled, they fit you in. This means you will receive a phone call the day before to see if you can come in for surgery the next day. You will then wait at the hospital all day until they fit you in. Don't let anyone tell you it isn't possible, it is! Make sure to subscribe to Kinda Crunchy Mama (on the right hand sidebar) so that you can keep updated on my experience and follow along with all my fertility posts.
Here's a great PDF from Madigan talking about their vasectomy reversals.