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At age 49, Dr. Philip Werthman is the most recognized vasectomy reversal surgeon and male fertility specialist in Los Angeles and the world.

His expertise and skill have been acknowledged by scholars, his colleagues and in the media.

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Meet Dr. Philip Werthman

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Dr. Phillip Werthman - Male Fertility Doctor

Dr. Werthman, a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, is renowned for his expertise in male fertility, having authored two authoritative textbooks on the subject. As the Past President of the Los Angeles Urologic Society, he has been honored with the American Fertility Association’s Illumination Award, recognizing him as the nation's foremost fertility specialist. His groundbreaking work extends to performing the first televised vasectomy reversal surgery on ABC’s Extreme Makeover and providing consultation to major news networks like CNN and NBC.

Yet, amidst these accolades, Dr. Werthman's most cherished recognition comes from his patients. Adorning the walls of his office are countless photos and cards, tokens of gratitude from the many former patients who have become parents thanks to his care.

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"Thanks to Dr Werthman and his staff's help, my wife and I were able to have our first child. I would recommend his services to anyone struggling to get pregnant. Dr Werthman and his team were all so wonderful."

— J.M.

"My husband was 5 years post vasectomy when he had his reversal by Dr. Werthman. 15 months later we conceived and I am now 9 weeks pregnant. I remember how much the reviews gave me hope, so now I am writing a review to give another mom-to-be hope too. Dr. Werthman is a good doctor and very personable."

— J.J.

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Treasured Awards: Of all the accolades he has received, Dr. Werthman values these most highly: his “Most Compassionate Doctor” award, and his “Patients’ Choice” award.

First in His Class

Philip Werthman, the top fertility specialist in Los Angeles, embarked on his medical journey with exceptional distinction. Graduating from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he achieved the highest honor as the class valedictorian, maintaining the top rank throughout all four years of medical school. His outstanding performance extended to the National Boards medical examination, where he was honored with the Medical Staff Award for Highest Attainment. Dr. Werthman's stellar achievements made it evident that he could select from an array of specialty programs and training opportunities.

Dr. Werthman chose Urology. He completed his seven-year residency and fellowship in urology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Issues of male infertility and micro-surgery fascinated the young doctor so he decided to further specialize in Andrology (literally, the “study of man,” a subspecialty within the discipline of Urology) and was granted a visiting fellowship in male infertility and microsurgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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Groundbreaking Male Fertility Doctor

Dr. Werthman’s practice is dedicated exclusively to microsurgical vasectomy reversal, no-scalpel vasectomy and the treatment of male infertility. In the course of his practice, he has performed over 20,000 microsurgical procedures and well over 2000 no-scalpel vasectomies.

Pioneer in Vasectomy Reversal

Early in his career, Dr. Werthman became aware that vasectomy reversals had a relatively low success rate: as many as 30% of the simple reversals did not result in renewed fertility, because the flow of sperm was blocked at another location besides the original vasectomy site.

Dr. Werthman first pioneered, then perfected a new technique for vasectomy reversal (the mini-incision microsurgical vasectomy reversal or vasoepididymostomy), one which permits a male fertility surgeon to relieve extraneous blockage through microsurgery.

This technique has allowed Dr. Werthman to achieve a 98% success rate for his vasectomy reversals. In fact, many of the urologists and Los Angeles male fertility doctors who perform microsurgical vasectomy reversals today use the techniques that were developed and perfected by Dr. Werthman.

Innovator in Male Infertility Treatment

Dr. Werthman was the first male infertility specialist to use local anesthesia in an office setting to perform microsurgical epididymal sperm aspirations, a procedure in which viable sperm are obtained from men who have a blockage in their reproductive tract.

Patients are very appreciative that Dr. Werthman has turned a procedure that formerly required a 2-hour surgery, in a hospital, under general anesthesia, into a minor procedure that could be performed in the office, with a local anesthetic, and requires no more than a Bandaid to protect the micro-incision.

Award-winning Physician Leader in his Specialty

Dr. Werthman is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and Director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Vasectomy Reversal in Los Angeles, CA. He is also a past president of the Los Angeles Urologic Society and a former Chief of Urology at Century City Hospital.

In addition to his “Patient’s Choice” and “Most Compassionate Doctor” awards, Dr. Werthman has also received many accolades from medical associations and peer-review boards, including a perennial listing on “America’s Top Physicians,” and the American Fertility Association’s “Illuminations Award,”

a coveted honor bestowed upon only the most outstanding fertility doctors in the nation. His development of the mini-incision microsurgical vasoepididymostomy earned him recognition as one of the American Urologic Association’s National Meeting’s top ten innovators in urological surgery.

Dr. Werthman’s high success rate with minimal complications has prompted his peers to seek his advice as well. In response to these requests, Dr. Werthman authored the chapter on male reproductive surgery in the leading urological textbook, “Complications of Urologic Surgery,” and took on the task of editing a textbook on male infertility for the series, “Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Clinics of North America.”

The Media's Favorite Fertility Doctor in Los Angeles

As the top fertility specialist in Los Angeles, it is no wonder that all major media outlets, not only in Los Angeles but nation-wide, turn to Dr. Werthman for his expertise opinion and advice. Dr. Werthman has been featured on ABC, CBS, ESPN, MEL Magazine, Fertility Planit and in numerous online publications and print such as FOX News, Men's Health, Shape, WebMD, Dr. Oz: The Good Life, Cosmopolitan, CNN, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and many more.

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  • 1. Experience and expertise, especially in your specific condition.
  • 2. High success rates, indicating skill and quality of care.
  • 3. Empathy, compassion, and emotional support.
  • 4. Effective communication skills.
  • 5. Personalized treatment plans.
  • 6. Transparency about risks, benefits, and costs.
  • 7. Convenient clinic location.
  • 8. Accessibility and responsiveness.
  • 9. Collaborative approach with other specialists.
  • 10. Positive patient reviews and recommendations.
  • 11. Utilization of innovative techniques.
  • 12. Supportive and knowledgeable staff.
  • 13. Financial transparency.

Athlete, Historical Analyst and Proud Father

Dr. Werthman played college basketball at SUNY Binghamton. He is an avid skier and cyclist, and practices traditional Shotokan Karate. An analyst of historical perspectives on military operations both domestic and abroad, Dr. Werthman obtained a Masters Degree in Military History from Norwich University, and works closely with the military.

Recently, Dr. Werthman and his wife, Adi, became proud parents of their own little miracle – daughter Ava Rena.

Questions to Ask a Fertility Doctor

Understanding your fertility and what impacts your ability to conceive gives you the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about your care. While Dr. Werthman may not be able to identify the exact cause of infertility at your first visit, he will answer your questions so you can be better prepared for the journey ahead.

What is the first line of infertility treatment?

The first line of infertility treatment often involves lifestyle changes and monitoring of ovulation through methods such as tracking basal body temperature or using ovulation predictor kits.

Do you recommend starting with medications for infertility before other therapies?

Whether to start with medications for infertility depends on various factors, such as the cause of infertility, age, and other medical conditions. It's best to consult a fertility specialist who can provide personalized recommendations.

How does my health impact my fertility?

Your overall health can significantly impact fertility. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and thyroid disorders can affect fertility in both men and women.

Do you recommend different treatments for males vs. females?

Treatment recommendations may vary based on the underlying cause of infertility. For example, fertility medications or assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be more suitable for certain female infertility issues, while surgical procedures might be recommended for male factors like varicocele.

How does assisted reproductive technology (ART) work?

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) involves procedures such as IVF, where eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized with sperm outside the body. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the uterus.

When would you recommend surgery as infertility treatment?

Surgery may be recommended as an infertility treatment in cases such as blocked fallopian tubes or conditions like endometriosis or fibroids that affect fertility.

What risks should I consider?

Risks associated with infertility treatments can include multiple pregnancies, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), ectopic pregnancy, and complications from procedures such as egg retrieval or embryo transfer.

What is the success rate for various infertility treatments?

Success rates for infertility treatments vary depending on factors such as age, the underlying cause of infertility, and the specific treatment used. IVF success rates, for example, can range from around 30% to 50% per cycle for women under 35.

How long do treatments take to work?

The time it takes for infertility treatments to work can vary greatly. Some treatments, such as fertility medications, may yield results within a few months, while others, like IVF, may require multiple cycles over several months.

What side effects and symptoms are expected?

Side effects of infertility treatments can include mood swings, hot flashes, abdominal discomfort, and reactions to fertility medications. Symptoms such as bloating and breast tenderness are also common.

Are there any lifestyle changes you recommend?

Lifestyle changes that can improve fertility include maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, managing stress, and avoiding exposure to toxins and environmental pollutants.

What are the estimated costs of your recommended treatment?

The costs of infertility treatments can vary widely depending on factors such as the type of treatment, the clinic or facility, medications, and any additional procedures or testing required. It's essential to discuss the financial aspects with your healthcare provider and your insurance provider, if applicable, to understand the potential costs involved.

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