Ejaculatory Duct Obstruction

A blockage in the ejaculatory ducts means sperm cannot get into the ejaculate (the thick, white fluid containing sperm). Blocked ejaculatory ducts can be one of the causes of zero sperm count (obstructive azoospermia). Without treatment, men with this condition have a low chance of conceiving a biological child.

Blocked ejaculatory ducts cause infertility in up to 5 percent of infertile men. With our advanced techniques, we can often clear the obstruction and restore your fertility.

Ejaculatory duct obstruction surgery: What to expect

In most cases, our surgeons successfully treat blocked ejaculatory ducts using a procedure called transurethral resection of ejaculatory ducts (TURED).

In this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon uses ultrasound to precisely target the affected area. The surgeon removes any tissue that blocks the ducts, allowing sperm to pass.

After TURED, 75 percent of men will have improvement in sperm count, motility and other factors. This procedure can lead men to successfully father biological children.

If you have infertility concerns, talk to our specialists. We take a compassionate, personalized approach to your needs and use advanced techniques to achieve your goals.

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