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I’d Like to Reverse My Vasectomy

Oct 22, 2023
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I’d Like to Reverse My Vasectomy

If you’ve had a vasectomy some time ago and now wish to undo it, you’re not alone. Roughly 10% of people who’ve had a vasectomy to prevent pregnancy later opt for a vasectomy reversal. Reasons for a vasectomy reversal are very personal and range from being in a new relationship and desire children with your partner to divorce, changes in finances, or even the loss of a child. A small number of people have a vasectomy reversal to address testicular pain that might be linked with a vasectomy.

Regardless of your motivation for seeking a vasectomy reversal, our team can help. At Gulf Coast Urology, Drs. John Bertini and James Harris perform safe, effective vasectomies and vasectomy reversal procedures for men and couples seeking changes in their birth control methods. Read on to learn more about vasectomy reversal, including what to expect after your procedure.

Vasectomy reversal basics

During a vasectomy reversal procedure, the tubes that carry sperm from a testicle into your semen are reconnected so that you can potentially achieve pregnancy. There are two main types of vasectomy reversal include:

  • Vasovasostomy, which reconnects the two sides of the vas deferens, the duct that carries sperm
  • Vasoepididymostomy, which reconnects the vas deferens to the epididymis, where sperm are stored

Your provider will determine which option is best during the procedure, so you’ll be informed and prepared for both. You’ll be asleep, under general anesthesia, for this outpatient surgery and able to return home the same day. From there, your stitches will dissolve within 7-10 days.

After your procedure, you may be instructed to wear a fitted garment for two weeks, apply ice for any swelling, and avoid showing, bathing, and exercise for a couple of days. You may need to refrain from sexual activity that leads to ejaculation for about two weeks.

Vasectomy reversal success rate

The success rate of your vasectomy reversal surgery depends largely upon the training and precision of your surgeon, so it’s important to work with qualified professionals, such as our team at Gulf Coast Urology. While vasectomies can be reserved successfully, it’s important to note that they don’t guarantee a pregnancy with your partner.

Pregnancy rates after a vasectomy reversal range from 30%-90%, depending on factors, such as the type of procedure you had, how much time has passed since your vasectomy, your partner’s age, and whether or not any fertility issues are at play.

To learn more about vasectomy reversal, call Gulf Coast Urology or request an appointment through our website. We would love to help you and your partner have better chances of conceiving the child you desire.

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