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Vasectomy Reversal (Vasovasostomy)

A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control. However there is the option to get a vasectomy reversal in order to become fertile again.

Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy reversal is typically an outpatient procedure (without an overnight stay in the hospital). Spinal or general anesthesia is popular to ensure that you just remain completely still during the operation.

Over time, added blockages can form, and some guys develop antibodies to their own sperm.

The operation is more complex and takes more time when blockage between the vas deferens and the epididymis needs correction (vasoepididymostomy).

Are surgery what should you expect?

Vasectomy reversal generally takes from 2 to 4 hours. You can expect to go home the same day.

Pain may be light to moderate. You should have the ability to resume regular activities, including sex, within 3 weeks.

Reason for getting a Vasectomy Reversal

When you’ve had a vasectomy a reversal is done for those who wish to be fertile again.

How effective are reversals?

Odds of a successful vasectomy reversal decrease with time. Reversals are more successful during the first 10 years after vasectomy.

Generally, how well they work:

  • Leads to general pregnancy rates of greater than 50%
  • Has the greatest likelihood of success within 3 years of the vasectomy


Dangers of vasectomy reversal comprise:

  • Disease at the site of operation
  • Fluid accumulation in the scrotum (hydrocele) that may need draining
  • Harm to the arteries or nerves in the scrotum

Things to consider

Before a reversal is done, your physician will need to verify that you were not sterile before your vasectomy.

You can have tests to see whether you’ve sperm antibodies in your semen before and after the vasectomy reversal. If there are sperm antibodies in your semen after the operation, your partner is not likely to become pregnant.

In this type of case, you may want to attempt in vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection.