A vasectomy reversal can restore a man's ability to conceive children.
A vasectomy is a form of sterilization that, for most men, is intended to be permanent. However, for men who change their minds about having more children, a vasectomy reversal may be possible.
- This operation is minimally invasive and relatively painless.
- It also is fast in terms of recovery and is performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing men to resume their normal routines quickly.
What is a Vasectomy Reversal?
A vasectomy reversal is, as its name implies, a complete reversal of a vasectomy. It is a minor surgical procedure that involves connecting the vas deferens that carries sperm to a man’s testicles. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and is relatively painless.
A vasectomy reversal has a success rate of anywhere between 40 to 90 percent. The success factor depends primarily on the age and overall health of the man undergoing the procedure.
The reasons for why a man may want to get a vasectomy reversal can vary from patient to patient. However, the most common reasons given for this surgery include:
- Loss of a child
- Desire to have more children
Once the vasectomy reversal is performed, the patient may be able to conceive children with his partner in the near future.
How is a Vasectomy Reversal Done?
A vasectomy reversal is carried out as an outpatient operation. Prior to the operation, the patient will be given either a local or general anesthetic. Once the patient is sedated, the surgeon will then make an incision on the underside of the scrotum.
With the incision made, the surgeon then exposes the vas deferens and releases the tubes from their surrounding tissues. The vas deferens is cut open to determine if there is semen within the tubes.
If semen is present inside of the vas deferens, the ends of the tubes will be reconnected to each other. If there is no semen inside of the tubes, the surgeon may need to remove any scar tissue that has built up as the result of the prior vasectomy operation.
Once the operation is finished, the incision will be stitched and bandaged. The patient will then remain under observation in a recovery area before being able to go home.
Vasectomy Reversal Recovery
The recovery period for a vasectomy reversal can last up to three weeks. During this time, the patient will be advised to wear tight-fitting undergarments and ideally an athletic supporter.
He also should limit his activities and avoid heavy lifting for three weeks. Likewise, his surgeon will advise him to avoid sexual activity and ejaculation for up to three weeks following the surgery.