A vasectomy reversal is a procedure that reverses the male vasectomy, it is usually done when a man decides he wants to have another child.
When considering vasectomy reversal, here are a few things to think about:
- Vasectomy reversal may be expensive, and your insurance might not cover it. Find out about costs ahead of time.
- Vasectomy reversals are generally most successful when they are done by a surgeon who is trained in and uses microsurgical techniques, including those that make use of a surgical microscope.
- The procedure is most successful when performed by a surgeon who does the procedure regularly and who has done the procedure many times.
- The procedure occasionally requires a more complex type of repair, known as a vasoepididymostomy. Make sure that your surgeon is able to perform this procedure if required.
When choosing a doctor, don’t be afraid to ask questions about how many vasectomy reversals the doctor has done, the type of technique used and how often the vasectomy reversals have resulted in pregnancy. Also, ask about the risks and potential complications of the procedure.
Food and Medications
Make sure you know what step you need to take before surgery. Your doctor will probably ask you to stop taking certain medications, including blood thinning medications and pain relievers because they can increase your risk of bleeding.
Clothing and Personal Items
Bright tightfitting undergarments, such as an athletic supporter, to wear after surgery. This will support your scrotum and hold bandages in place.
Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. Surgery generally takes about two to four hours, or longer. You may need additional time to recover if the procedure is done with general anaesthesia. Ask your doctor when you can expect to go home after surgery.
Sometimes after surgery, your doctor will examine your semen under a microscope to see if the operation was successful. Your doctor may want to check your semen periodically. Unless you get your partner pregnant, checking your semen for sperm is the only way to tell if your vasectomy reversal was a success.
When a vasectomy reversal is successful, sperm may appear in the semen within a few weeks, but it can sometimes take a year or more. The likelihood of achieving pregnancy depends on various factors, including the number and quality of sperm present and the female partner’s age.
If you’re interested in having a vasectomy reversal, then contact us and book a consultation to come in and speak to one of our Urologists.