What to Know About Vasectomy Reversal
Each year, more than 500,000 vasectomies are performed. This common method of permanent birth control is more effective than any other form of pregnancy prevention in the sexually active adult. Statistics indicate that pregnancy occurs in only 1 to 2 out of 1,000 couples, and this is limited to the year following the vasectomy procedure.
As common and efficient as vasectomy treatment is, research suggests that up to 10 percent of men who undergo a vasectomy consider having their procedure reversed at some point. This change of heart may occur for many different reasons, all of which are very personal to the patient himself. In our Chattanooga urology practice, we prioritize the kind of communication that allows a patient to fully understand the vasectomy reversal procedure and its potential outcome.
What is a vasectomy reversal?
Vasectomy reversal is a minor surgical procedure performed to restore a man’s fertility. The microsurgery technique can take a few hours to reopen the vas deferens that transports sperm and seminal fluid to the penis. Vasectomy reversal may be achieved by reconnecting two ends of the vas deferens to the epididymis behind the testes. In some cases, reversal involves the ends of the vas deferens need to be sutured to the epididymis to bypass a blockage. This is referred to as epididymovasostomy.
Regardless of which technique is performed, patients can expect their vasectomy reversal to be conducted as an outpatient procedure. A loved one will need to drive the patient home, where prescription or over-the-counter medication and cold compresses can sustain comfort. Most men are able to resume light activities or return to a desk job within a few days of their surgery. It is necessary to refrain from sex for approximately 3 weeks.
How successful is vasectomy reversal?
After a vasectomy reversal, it can take as long as one year for fertility to reach its peak. After 12 months, if pregnancy has not occurred, a couple may schedule a sperm count test with their urologist. There are several factors that can affect the outcome of a vasectomy reversal. The timing of treatment is a significant matter. Studies demonstrate a higher success rate for men who have their vasectomy reversed within ten years of the initial procedure. However, statistics also indicate that a gap of 15 or more years still holds a pregnancy success rate of about 70%.
Learn more about vasectomy reversal in Chattanooga, TN. Call (423) 778-4MEN (4636) to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shridharani.