Considering a Vasectomy Reversal? Here Are the Facts You Need to Know

It’s not uncommon for men to change their minds about a vasectomy at some point in the future. A change of life circumstances, a new partner, or a simple shift in outlook could all lead men to consider reversing their vasectomies. If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal , chances are that you have a lot of questions about what to expect. Here are the facts you need to know as you determine if a vasectomy reversal is right for you.

Vasectomy reversals are typically fast procedures with quick recoveries.

Vasectomy reversal procedures typically only take a few hours, from start to finish. Some men undergo the procedure with general anesthesia, while others receive a local anesthetic or spinal block with an intravenous sedative. The recovery process usually only takes a few days, during which time patients can experience some mild discomfort. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage these symptoms. Patients may also be advised to abstain from sexual activity for several weeks.

There are two types of vasectomy reversal procedures.

At the start of the procedure, your vasectomy reversal surgeon will examine fluid from the vas deferens. If sperm is present, then he or she will perform a procedure called vasovasostomy, or VV surgery. If there are no sperm, he or she will perform a vasoepididymostomy, or VE surgery, which helps to eliminate blockages in the epididymis.

Vasectomy reversals are not always successful.

There are many things that can affect the result of a vasectomy reversal, including how long it has been since the vasectomy and the age of the patient. Your vasectomy reversal surgeon will discuss your options with you before your procedure and may recommend alternatives to reversal procedures, such as MESA, during which sperm are retrieved directly from the testes for IVF.

Get the answers to all of your questions about vasectomy reversal by making an appointment at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota . Contact us at (941) 894-6428 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green today.