Vasectomy Reversal

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Vasectomy is a highly effective method of permanent birth control.  While vasectomy should be considered permanent, the procedure can sometimes be reversed and fertility restored in men who change their minds.

Effectiveness of Vasectomy Reversals

Reversals are more successful during the first 10 years after vasectomy, with the greatest chance of success within three years of the vasectomy. Overall pregnancy rates range from 30 to 70 percent after reversal.

It takes about three to six months following a reversal for the testicles to make new sperm, however the count and motility may be lower due to partial blockage or scarring.

How it’s done

Vasectomy Reversal reconnects the tubes (vas deferens) that were cut during a vasectomy. It is a more complex procedure than vasectomy. Spinal or general anesthesia is most often used to ensure that you stay completely still during the surgery. The procedure is done as an outpatient procedure and usually takes two to four hours, plus recovery time.

Where it’s done

Vasectomy reversal is currently done as an outpatient in our Einstein Center One office.

Cost

Insurance coverage of vasectomy reversal varies. Affordable, fixed-cost fees will be provided upfront for men paying out-of-pocket.

Recovery

You may experience mild pain, swelling and bruising. Most men can return to work and resume normal non-strenuous activities within a week, but may need to refrain from heavy lifting and other rigorous physical activities for up to four weeks. You should wait two to four weeks before resuming sexual activity.

Complications, while rare, can include:

  • Infection
  • Fluid buildup in the scrotum that may require draining
  • Injury to the arteries or nerves in the scrotum