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Vasectomy Reversal


Every year, many men undergo vasectomy surgery to prevent them from fathering children in the future. However, what happens if a man has a vasectomy but wants to undo the procedure later?

Luckily, a vasectomy is not necessarily permanent. While success is not guaranteed, a man wishing for the chance to get his partner pregnant and father a child can undergo vasectomy reversal surgery.

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“I wanted to say thank you to the entire staff for making us feel welcome to our first visit especially on a Saturday. We met with Dr. Sadaat and was very informative and took time with us with all of our questions. For the financial department, Melissa was very helpful with keeping in contact with us regarding any paperwork that we needed as well as with setting our appointment. We do look forward for treatment with Dr. Saadat.”

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Reasons Men Get a Vasectomy Reversal?

Change of Heart

Many couples think that they do not want to have children or that they do not want more children than they already have. In these cases, the man may choose to have a vasectomy. However, the couple’s initial decision may change over time, and they want to either have their first child or another child.

New Partner

After a separation (divorce or breakup) or the passing of a female partner, a man who has had a vasectomy in the past may meet a new partner, and they decide that they would like to have a biological child.

Pain After Vasectomy

While it is very rare, some men suffer from a condition called chronic scrotal pain after a vasectomy. Most men experience little to no discomfort after surgery.

How Is Vasectomy Reversal Surgery Done?

Consultation

You will first schedule a consultation at Reproductive Fertility Center. At the consultation, you will discuss the specifics of your situation with Dr. Saadat, including when your vasectomy was performed and any other relevant information about you to determine if this is a good option for you.

Surgery

You will be given local or general anesthesia in preparation for your vasectomy reversal. In a vasectomy, the vas deferens (the tube that carries the sperm from your testicle into the semen) is severed. With vasectomy reversal surgery, the vas deferens is reconnected.

During vasectomy reversal surgery, a small incision is made in your scrotum. The reconnection is made in one of two ways (vasovasostomy or vasoepididymostomy), depending on whether or not sperm are found in the fluid taken from the vas deferens during your previous appointment.

With a vasovasostomy, the severed ends of the vas deferens are sewn back together. And with a vasoepididymostomy, the vas deferens are attached directly to the epididymis in the testicle, where the sperm is held.

Frequently Asked Questions About Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

Are vasectomies reversible?

Yes. While a vasectomy is permanent if a man chooses for it to be so, a vasectomy may be undone with vasectomy reversal surgery.

Are the results of vasectomy reversal surgery guaranteed to succeed?

No. There is always a chance that the vasectomy reversal surgery does not work. There is also no guarantee that a couple wishing to become pregnant will do so, even if the vasectomy reversal procedure is successful; there are always many factors when it comes to fertility and becoming pregnant. If a vasectomy reversal is successful, but you and your partner are struggling to become pregnant, we offer many infertility services, including testicular sperm extraction, to help you on your path to parenthood.

If my vasectomy reversal surgery doesn’t work, can I try it again?

If a vasectomy reversal is unsuccessful the first time, a man can absolutely choose to try again. However, it is important to note that the percentage of success decreases after the first vasectomy reversal attempt.

How long do I have to wait to have sex after my vasectomy reversal surgery?

It is recommended that you wait two to three weeks before ejaculating. However, Dr. Saadat will give you a specific timeframe at your consultation and after your procedure.

How long will it take before my sperm returns?

It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months or even longer for sperm to return.

What are the risks associated with vasectomy reversal surgery?

Though rare, there are always risks that accompany any surgery. For a vasectomy reversal, the risks include:

  • Infection at the surgery site
  • Bleeding within the scrotum
  • Chronic pain and discomfort

How much does a vasectomy reversal cost?

Vasectomy reversal cost varies with each individual patient and is dependent on different factors, including whether a vasovasostomy or vasoepididymostomy is used. At your consultation with Dr. Saadat, you will be given a cost estimate.