Many factors can affect the success of a vasectomy reversal , and scarring is one of those things. Scarring can interfere with the ability to conceive after a vasectomy reversal, and in some cases, it can make men who had previously successful reversals become infertile again. Before your procedure, your doctor will discuss the risk of scarring with you in full. Here are the answers to some questions that vasectomy reversal patients frequently have about scarring.
Will I be able to see the scarring?
After any kind of surgery, scarring can happen on the outside of the skin as well as internally. After a vasectomy reversal, you may see some scarring on the outside, but there could be more extensive scarring internally that you can’t see and won’t know about unless it causes symptoms, such as continued infertility.
How can scarring affect my reversal in the long term?
Scarring doesn’t happen immediately when you have a vasectomy reversal. For some men, it builds up enough over time to affect the outcome of the procedure. When this happens, your vasectomy reversal may be successful at first, but over time, your sperm count may return to zero. Typically, this happens because scarring has occurred.
Can I prevent scarring?
There is no absolute way to prevent scarring from happening. Choosing an experienced vasectomy reversal surgeon is critical for achieving and maintaining the best outcomes. If you are concerned about scarring affecting the success of your vasectomy reversal in the future, then you may wish to consider storing some of your sperm for future pregnancies. Fortunately, the percentage of men who have the kind of scarring that impacts their fertility is very small.
Dr. Green has a long record of successful vasectomy reversals and can help you understand what to expect from your procedure as well as your options for conceiving if infertility persists. To learn if you are a good candidate for surgery, contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota today. Call (941) 894-6428 to reach our clinic.