Some men who have had a vasectomy desire to have the surgery reversed. A vasectomy reversal involves re-connecting the cut ends of the vas deferens to each other (on each side) to restore fertility.
A Vasectomy Reversal is typically done in the office or at the hospital under general anesthesia with the use of a surgical microscope and microsurgical techniques. Small incisions are made, one on each side the scrotum, to reconnect the two ends of the vas deferens together (called a vasovasostomy). In some cases, one end of the vas deferens needs to be connected to the epididymis, the organ on the back of the testicle where sperm mature (vasoepididymostomy). Recovery is relatively quick with little discomfort.
A vasovasostomy results in return of sperm to the semen in 70-90% of cases and pregnancy in 30-75% of female partners. Some of the success depends on how long of time has passed since the vasectomy (the longer the time, the poorer the outcomes). Successful pregnancy takes, on average, one year to occur after a vasectomy reversal.
If you or a loved one is considering vasectomy reversal, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Goldrath.