Before undergoing any type of surgery, including a vasectomy reversal, it’s important to speak at length with the surgeon about the procedure itself, the results you can expect, and the post-operative instructions for recovery. However, for a vasectomy reversal, there are a number of other factors to consider. Before you meet with the vasectomy reversal surgeon, you may wish to write a list of questions you have, including questions regarding the following topics.
Ensuring the Health of the Partner
A vasectomy reversal is unique among surgical techniques because the health of a man’s partner is an important consideration. Many couples struggle with both male and female infertility. Before having this procedure, it’s a good idea for the female partner to undergo reproductive health tests to establish that she is physically able to conceive a child and sufficiently healthy to bring the child to term.
Obtaining Medical Clearance
Most men do not require special medical tests before having a vasectomy reversal. However, those who are taking medications for hypertension should have a basic blood test to ensure safety with the anesthesia. Men with significant medical conditions may need to obtain medical clearance from a primary care physician.
Having Multiple Vasectomy Reversals
Some men who have previously had an unsuccessful vasectomy reversal may be candidates for another procedure. The vasectomy reversal surgeon will consider a number of factors when deciding whether to recommend this, such as whether any complications occurred, whether sperm was present, and whether the first surgeon specialized in vasectomy reversals.
Financing the Procedure
Obtaining financing for a vasectomy reversal is another important factor to consider. This procedure is not often covered by insurance. However, if it is done out of medical necessity, the vasectomy reversal surgeon may be able to provide documents to the insurance company to obtain coverage. Men may also wish to look for a vasectomy reversal surgeon who offers in-house financing or payment plans.
Patient education is a priority at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Before men undergo this procedure to resolve male infertility, we invite them to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua Green to learn about other important factors to consider. Give us a call today at (941) 462-4647 or browse our website for more information about vasectomy reversals.