Photo of Amy Chang with her family.

Procedure Allows Couple to Conceive, Changes Family’s Life Forever

Amy Chang of Alpharetta, Ga. longed for motherhood. Not just one child, but “an entire basketball team,” she said with a laugh.

When she and husband Peter agreed to marry more than a decade ago, Amy explained her desire for a brood. Her groom-to-be agreed. However, a serious obstacle blocked their road to biological parenting. Years earlier, Peter had undergone a vasectomy.

This would call for in vitro fertilization (IVF), but first Peter needed a sperm extraction procedure. So the couple called upon Dr. Jerry Yuan of Georgia Urology.

“For men with normal sperm production who have had a vasectomy, the extraction procedure has only minimal challenges,” said Dr. Yuan. “Fortunately, Mr. Chang fell into that category. It required a general anesthesia, making it virtually painless. …We used an operating microscope to aid in finding sperm.”

The extraction, which Amy said took less than 10 minutes from start to finish, proved successful. She recalled both her and Peter were surprised at the quickness and efficiency of the process. The sperm was then shipped to the specialists who handled the IVF procedure. In less than three weeks, the couple had conceived.

Dr. Yuan may have performed hundreds of these extractions throughout his career, but Amy doesn’t downplay the impact it had on her family. What the physician did in mere minutes, she said, was priceless.

“Dr. Yuan forever changed our lives for the better,” she said. “And today we have our 11-year-old son, Harrison.”

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