Vasectomy reversal is usually
an outpatient procedure without an overnight stay in the hospital.
Spinal or general anesthesia is commonly used to
ensure that you remain completely still during the surgery.
Although some people still think of fertility as a "woman's problem," a third of all cases of infertilty involve problems solely with the male partner. Infertility in a man may be the sole reason that a couple can't conceive, or it may simply add to the difficulties caused by infertility in his partner.
So it's crucial that men get tested for fertility as well as women. It's also important that men do it early. Though some guys may want to put off being tested -- possibly to avoid embarrassment...
chances of vasectomy reversal success depend on how much time has passed
between the vasectomy and the reversal. Over time, additional blockages can
form, and some men develop
antibodies to their own sperm.
surgery is more complicated and takes more time when blockage between the vas
deferens and the
epididymis requires correction
What To Expect After Surgery
Vasectomy reversal usually takes from
2 to 4 hours, followed by a few more hours for recovery from the anesthetic.
You can expect to go home the same day.
Pain may be mild to
moderate. You should be able to resume normal activities, including sex, within
Why It Is Done
Vasectomy reversal is performed when
you have had a vasectomy and now want to be fertile.
How Well It Works
Chances of a successful vasectomy
reversal decline over time. Reversals are more successful during the first 10
years after vasectomy.1
Before a vasectomy reversal is
performed, your doctor will want to confirm that you were fertile before your
You can have tests to see whether you have sperm
antibodies in your semen before and after vasectomy reversal. If there are
sperm antibodies in your semen after surgery, your partner is unlikely to
become pregnant. In such a case, you may wish to try
in vitro fertilization with
intracytoplasmic sperm injection.