Maybe you wear suits, and maybe you don’t. If you do, maybe you wear them for work or just for pleasure. Either way, suits vary widely in quality, look and performance. One big difference between suits is whether they are “off the rack” or “bespoke,” meaning custom made just for you. How these two types of suits differ can be subtle but real, just like the differences found in the equally arcane world of vasectomy reversals.
Admittedly, my expertise in vasectomy reversals far outweigh my knowledge of bespoke suits. But what makes these products worth the money is worthy of discussion. It comes down to two things: quality and value.
Here’s how a quality vasectomy reversal is like a bespoke suit:
- Craftmanship matters. They are both made by hand and reflect the skill of the tailor/surgeon. Training and experience matter greatly in the creation of each. In the words of the father of modern medicine, Sir William Osler: “The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.”
- Reputation matters. Like finding a quality suit, a quality vasectomy reversal depends on research and trust in the craftsperson that you choose. As Harvey Mackay has said, “You can’t buy a good reputation; you must earn it.”
- The first go is the best for success. With both suits and reversals, try to have it done right the first time. Redoing either is often a more complicated prospect. As the tailoring adage goes: “Measure twice and cut once.”
- No two are alike. Both reversals and bespoke suits are entirely custom-made for the owner. In each case, the craftsperson must approach it as a singular work commissioned for its owner. To quote Eileen Caddy: “A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable.”
- There’s an art and science to both. Both reversals and suits involve creative design, measuring and cutting and building or constructing. I view vasectomy reversals as a blend of art, architecture, and biology.
- Both are made to last. A well-crafted reversal or suit is built to last. They are less likely to tear (suit) or fail (reversal) than “off the rack” or “fast-is-best” versions. To paraphrase the playwright Mehmet Ildan, careful minds build durable things.
- Both fit well and are easy to use. Too tight or too baggy is much less likely with bespoke suits. Likewise, pain and complications are less likely with expertly done reversals. In the words of Leonardo da Vinci: “Details make perfection.”
- Both products seek innovation but avoid trends. Wide lapels and pleated pants come and go and can easily “date” a bespoke suit. Similarly, lasers and robots are surgical “fashion” trends in reversal procedures. Seek the tried and true for both suits and reversals. As Joseph Pearce stated: “That which is timeless is also the most timely.”
- Take care of them so they last and serve you well. There is a responsibility for owning something bespoke. Try not to abuse either your suit or your body. Stay healthy and the reversal will serve you well.
A high-quality vasectomy reversal, like a bespoke suit, may cost more, but the benefits are clear: A better fit that makes you look good and gets the job done for the long run. And that, my friends, is value. As Warren Buffett once said: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”