Advanced Urology Associates Vasectomy Reversal Procedure
What happens if I change my mind after a vasectomy? A change in your life may make you want to have children, or more children. In such a case, a vasectomy reversal might restore fertility. But it doesn’t always mean you’ll be able to father a child. Also, the procedure is expensive and may not be covered by insurance. If you choose, you can freeze your sperm before a vasectomy. The sperm are stored in case you decide to have a child later. This approach can also be costly and uncertain.
Understanding a Vasectomy Reversal and How it Works
Vasectomy reversal is an option to restore fertility in men who have had a vasectomy. A vasectomy reversal causes no physical changes to the scrotal area, and after a normal healing period, sexual relations may continue. In most cases, vasectomy reversal is performed as an outpatient procedure in a hospital or outpatient surgical center.
Using micro-surgical techniques, the cut ends of the vas deferens are reconnected, allowing the small tubes to carry sperm from the testicles and thus enabling sperm enriched semen to be ejaculated during orgasm. Although this type of procedure is similar to vasectomy, a vasectomy reversal takes more time and is a more complex surgical procedure. General or regional anesthesia often is used during the procedure, and this adds some time to the recovery period.
The Healing Period and Benefits of a Vasectomy Reversal
After a normal healing period of about 4 weeks, patients can resume regular sexual relations. Following vasectomy reversal, the chance of achieving the presence of sperm in the semen is high, but this does not guarantee pregnancy.