What is vasectomy reversal?
A vasectomy reversal is a procedure that attempts to undo the effects of a vasectomy. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens, which carry sperm to the penis, are cut. The surgeon reconnects these tubes when performing a vasectomy reversal.
What should I expect?
Most vasectomy reversals are performed as an outpatient surgery and can be done under local, regional, or general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately three to four hours.
Heavy physical activity is not recommended for two to three weeks following the surgery, but patients are normally able to resume a normal routine and light work within a week.
What is the success rate?
Sperm count typically returns to a normal level within three to twelve months. While pregnancy is not guaranteed, it does result in approximately 55 percent of cases.
Recent studies indicate that the patient’s age is not a factor in the success of the procedure. However, the likelihood of achieving pregnancy is linked to the time span between the vasectomy and the vasectomy reversal.
There is a pregnancy success rate of 76 percent with vasectomy reversals performed within three years or less of the original vasectomy. This drops to 53 percent for reversals occurring three to eight years from the vasectomy, 44 percent for reversals nine to 14 years from the vasectomy, and 30 percent for reversals performed 15 or more years after the vasectomy.
How do we get started?
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