Answering Partners’ Concerns about Vasectomy Reversal
When a man decides to undergo a vasectomy reversal, he typically does not make this choice completely independent of outside influence. In just about every case, vasectomy reversal is a joint-decision made by two people who have immense love for one another. The goal, after all, is to expand their love into new life and the expansion of their family. From this perspective, it is understandable that the partner who is not undergoing vasectomy reversal may feel the same degree of stress as the patient. We see this time and time again. Our consistent response to partners is “try not to worry. We’ll take good care of him.”
Often, the source of concern lies in unanswered questions. We’ll discuss a few of the most common ones here.
How long does vasectomy reversal surgery last?
Surgical vasectomy reversal can last from 90 minutes to about 3.5 hours. On average, most procedures are completed within 2.5 hours. The reason that a vasectomy reversal takes longer than the average vasectomy is because dozens of tiny sutures are placed on each side, much like hand-stitching a suit. The complexity of the procedure does not, however, increase the need for anesthesia.
How much pain will the patient have?
Having performed numerous vasectomy reversals, Dr. Shridharani has also performed many follow-ups. Statistics suggest that most men take 4 to 5 prescription pain pills over the course of about 2 days after surgery. After 48 hours, pain is decreased to a low level of discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter medication if anything at all.
When will the patient feel normal again?
As soon as pain pills are no longer being taken, the patient can return to light work such as a desk job. More strenuous activity, exercise, and heavy lifting can resume after 2 to 3 weeks depending on the details of the surgery. We may describe “feeling normal” as no longer thinking about how they feel, which usually happens after about a week. Normal sexual behavior, on the other hand, typically resumes in 3 to 4 weeks.
Will the vasectomy reversal work?
This is a common and relevant concern that can be difficult to answer definitively. Several key determinants influence the outcome of vasectomy reversal. These include patient health and biology, vasectomy age, the type of vasectomy that had been performed. The return of sperm can reach over 90% with vasectomies performed within the previous 15 years. Older vasectomies may also have a relatively high percentage of successful sperm production.
Backed by decades of experience, Dr. Shridharani can confidently say he will take great care of men seeking vasectomy reversal. To learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation in our Chattanooga office.