It is not the sort of procedure one would undertake lightly.
And ex Real Housewives Of Orange County personality Gretchen Rossi’s fiance Slade Smiley revealed his friends thought he had lost his marbles when he decided to undergo the operation, which he is currently recovering from.
The 41-year-old decided to go under the knife after the couple’s attempt to start a family together via In vitro fertilization failed., causing the couple much heartbreak last year.
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On the mend: Slade Smiley said he is ‘feeling good’ after having a reverse vasectomy in a bid to start a family with former Real Housewives Of OC personality Gretchen Rossi
During an appearance on ABC’s Doctors on Monday, Slade said: ‘I will tell you that the people I told I was gonna go through this thought I was a little nuts.
‘But (the) doctor has fantastic hands, so I’m feeling pretty good actually.’
However his Urologist Aaron Spitz said the procedure itself was not the only painful sacrifice he had to make.
Dr Spitz said: ‘I told Slade that he could not have sex for four weeks… no sex, no exercise for four weeks.’
‘They thought I was nuts’: Slade, her recovering after going under the knife, said his friends had a colourful response to his announcement to undergo the procedure
The jocular surgeon added: ‘Slade did tell me he was going to miss the exercise.’
During the special appearance a video was shown of him going through the procedure, which the doctor said was a ‘reasonable alternative’ to artificial insemination.
Gretchen, who was a regular on the Real Housewives of OC from season four until season eight, was delighted he was happy to make the sacrifice.
The 36-year-old said: ‘This is why I’m marrying this man,’ and also said, ‘I absolutely cried when he told me.’
Earlier in the feature it was revealed Slade, who is already a father-of-one, decided to reverse his vasectomy when it emerged his fiancee was allergic to the IVF injections.
Brood will hunting: The couple have said in the past they want a family to rival that of real celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Gretchen said: ‘It was so extremely painful when you injected it in, it like burned to the point where I was crying.’
Her other half explained he felt he should step up and try and take some of the load off his partner’s shoulders.
Slade, who announced his intention to have the operation in his birthday card to his partner, said: ‘I started thinking… why am I forcing her to go through this process. This is something that I can go through. I could certainly go through and have the reversal done.
‘Then I feel like we’ve at least done everything I can do at that point and we can potentially get pregnant naturally.’
The couple, who have spoken of having a bumper brood to rival that of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the past, but were left disappointed last year when their attempts to conceive failed.
Glory days: Gretchen (far L) during her spell on the Real Housewives Of Orange County
Gretchen had some of her eggs surgically retrieved and Slade had surgery for testicular sperm extraction, and while doctors were able to fertilize 14 embryos, none of them survived long enough to be implanted.
At the time she said she was ‘devastated,’ but they insisted they would not give up.
In an Instagram posting on Monday, in which she promoted her TV appearance, she told her fans: ‘
Thank you to all of you for the continued prayers and support as Slade and I go through this journey to try to conceive.’