Of the 600,000 men who undergo vasectomies every year, 5% later choose to have the procedure reversed. If you’re one of these men, you may have questions about what to anticipate from a vasectomy reversal. Read on to find out more about this operation and the results you can expect.
Reasons for Vasectomy Reversal
There are many reasons why men choose to have their vasectomies reversed, including remarriage and the desire to have a child with a new partner, the loss of a child, or simply a change of heart about starting a family. Some men may also choose to undergo the procedure to alleviate symptoms of Post-Vasectomy Pain Syndrome, which results from inflammation or a buildup of pressure in the epididymis.
Results of the Procedure
Vasectomy reversal is generally a very effective procedure, especially if the patient had a vasectomy relatively recently. For example, reversal of a vasectomy done in the last three years has a success rate around 97%, with 55% of couples successfully conceiving as a result. These numbers decrease as the time since the vasectomy increases; for example, a vasectomy that was performed more than 15 years ago has a 71% chance of reversal with a 30% chance of the patient’s partner becoming pregnant.
Steps of the Vasectomy Reversal Procedure
Vasectomy reversal is one of the most complicated forms of surgery because it is performed on a very small area using microsurgical techniques; also, the tissue is very delicate and must be operated on with great caution. In some cases, it is possible to simply connect the two severed ends of the vas deferens; other reversal surgeries require connecting the vas deferens to the epididymis, depending on the level of scar tissue and other factors.
Vasectomy reversal can be a life-changing surgery that allows you to once again have children. For advice about which form of the surgery is right for you, call (941) 343-4020 to schedule a consultation at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal.