A vasectomy is form of surgical birth control performed by disconnecting the biological tubes that carry sperm from the testes. These two tubes, called the vasa deferentia, connect each testicle to the urethra and are typically clamped, cut, or sealed to prevent the passage of sperm. Of the millions of American men who have undergone a vasectomy, many later decide that they have the desire to experience fatherhood. For these men, a vasectomy reversal can help to restore their fertility.
How is a vasectomy reversal performed?
A vasectomy reversal, also called a vasovasostomy, is a surgery performed to reconnect the vasa deferentia. The goal of this procedure is to once again allow the sperm to be ejaculated with the semen. To perform the procedure, the surgeon first makes a tiny incision in the scrotum and isolates a single vas deferens. After inspecting the fluid from the section of vas deferens closest to the testes, the surgeon will then reconnect the separated tubes using multiple layers of tiny suture material, reopening the passageway for sperm.
How successful are vasectomy reversals?
Success rates for vasectomy reversal are typically very high and often depend on the length of time since the original vasectomy was performed. 10 years after vasectomy, sperm is present in the ejaculate in 80-90% of cases. If the reversal procedure is performed within five years of a vasectomy, the chances of sperm being found in the ejaculate increases to over 95%.
If you are considering reversing your vasectomy, consult the experts at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Our healthcare team is dedicated to helping men overcome infertility and realize their dreams of starting a family. If you would like to learn more about our practice or schedule a private consultation, please call us at (941) 343-4020 or visit our website.