The Doctors: Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley
In the previous season of the show, The Doctors had spoken with Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley from The Real Housewives of Orange County, about their journey to conceive and have a baby. They thought in vitro was their best option, but it ended up not working out for them. Slade had undergone a vasectomy before meeting Gretchen, so their options were limited for having a baby. The Doctors welcomed Gretchen and Slade back to the show to share an update on their journey to baby.
Slade knew how important it was to Gretchen to have a baby, and since in vitro left them devastated, Slade decided to undergo surgery to increase their odds of conceiving. Gretchen was allergic to progesterone shots, making the process even more stressful. Slade realized that he could save his wife a lot of pain by undergoing a vasectomy reversal, to see if they could get pregnant naturally. Dr Aaron Spitz explained that the vasectomy reversal was a good option for the couple because it’s a reasonable alternative to in vitro. Dr Spitz had to cut out the scar and then reconnect the tube in order to have the passageway intact.
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Slade said he was feeling great and was in fantastic hands, although Slade wasn’t allowed any intercourse or exercise for four weeks after the procedure. Dr Spitz then explained that a vasectomy that is done properly, is almost fool-proof, while a vasectomy reversal, no matter how perfectly it’s done, has a success rate of up to 80-90% in a select couple. For Gretchen and Slade, they’re looking at an live-birth rate of about 40-50%. The surgery is meticulous and technical because the passageway that is being reconnected is a third of a millimeter in diameter and hand-placed individual stitches are required in two layers in that area. When things heal, they scar, and even a little scar tissue can block off the passageway.
Gretchen and Slade had to learn to take the pressure off themselves, knowing that they have more options now than they did before. Gretchen was excited to know that trying to have a baby would become a lot less clinical and much more natural, which is the way she always imagined it. She said having that romantic moment together is the way it’s meant to be and clearly, a lot more enjoyable for her.