Vasectomies And Vasectomy Reversal

Men can now change their mind about having natural children with the latest innovations in vasectomy reversal. These procedures are not necessarily invasive and tend to be quite successful for many men. The decision to have more children is critical for most men.

Do you know these five all the important facts about the vasectomy reversal?

Article written by David Dangerfield
David Dangerfield Urologist

1. What is a Vasectomy reversal?

The vasectomy reversal is a microsurgical procedure performed with the objective of restoring the normal flow of epididymal sperm to the prostate glands, from where the sperm leave the male body and enter the female reproductive system after ejaculation. The surgery is performed to reattach the ends of the different tube that was cut and pinched during the original procedure.

While vasectomy creates a blockage that prevents sperm from getting out of the epididymis, the reversal of vasectomy does the exact opposite. In some cases, reversal surgery may involve attaching one end of the vas deferens directly to the epididymis; This is done when there is a blockage in the vas deferens that can prevent unimpeded movement of the sperm even after the reversal procedure.

2.How much will you end up paying?

That depends entirely on where you do it; While the rates vary from one country to another, it is not uncommon to find a large disparity in the prices of the procedure from one state to another. Add this to the fact that the more acclaimed the surgeon performing the process and the higher the success rate of the vasectomy reversal procedures performed in a specific clinic; the more you will end up paying if they do the surgery there.

But given the fact that the skills and experience of surgeons and the experience of support staff play a crucial role in the success of the procedure, you'd better choose the best instead of the cheapest.

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3.What is the success rate of reversal procedures?

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This success of the procedure will depend entirely on the amount of time since the vasectomy; if you had the original procedure a long time ago (more than ten or more years); There may be a certain amount of damage to the vas deferens that may hamper your chances of regaining fertility. With modern surgical and medical innovations; Most people who have a standard vasectomy reversal procedure (vasovasostomy) have a 97% chance of success with a 50% chance of having a child after the process. However, the figures decrease drastically as the duration increases. For example, in cases where the original surgery was performed ten or more years ago, the chances of success are only 71%, while the chances of producing a child are at least 30%.

4. Can I choose my surgeon for my reversal procedure?

Be sure to choose a surgeon after due investigation and deliberation; it is best to seek a professional with a lot of experience, qualified and reputable. Ask if the surgeon can also perform a vasoepididymostomy if necessary. An experienced surgeon will not have problems performing any of the types of vasectomy reversal procedures.

5. How much time does it take to have a child after surgery?

It may take eight to twelve months for your partner to become pregnant after the procedure; however, this is highly subjective and varies from person to person. 

There have been cases in which pregnancies have occurred within a few months of the procedure, and in others, it took a couple of years to get pregnant; but in general, it is recommended that you wait between 12 and 24 months before considering alternative treatments for fertility.

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Further Medical Information

While there are methods known for men to control birth, not all are expected not to inhibit the sexual pleasures of men. One example of this is a condom. A condom is a good method of birth control, however; some males would rather not use this because the sexual satisfaction and pleasure are inhibited.

Vasectomy is very much popular on this side of the story because it's not only safe and permanent, it also does not hamper the satisfaction men are supposed to have during the sexual intercourse. However, some males shy away from vasectomy because of worry and fear this surgical operation might cause them. Thus it is essential for men to know what is happening during vasectomy procedure.

There are different methods of vasectomy operation. The older method is the method that uses the scalpel. However, because around 75% percent of men hesitate to undergo vasectomy because of the fear that the scalpel will damage their male genital, another method is called the no-scalpel vasectomy. It is called the hemostat vasectomy.

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In the hemostat vasectomy, a hemostat that looks like tweezers is used during vasectomy procedure. The first step includes the location and finding of the vas deferens. After locating the vas deferens, the doctor holds it in place while making a small hole to pull through the vas deferens. With the use of laser or clamp, the vas deferens is fused.

Although anaesthesia is injected into the scrotum to make it numb, most patients are awake during the vasectomy procedure. It only takes 30 minutes or lesser to do the process. 

However, some patients still feel anxious and nervous during the vasectomy procedure. Thus, some sleeping medications are given to make them sleep while the operation is being done.

Still, no matter how simple this operation is, it still cannot be as effective as the traditional method that uses the scalpel.

It cannot be denied that many people not only males start thinking twice upon hearing the words surgery and operation. This is because of the general knowledge that operations require cutting and bleeding. However, with proper knowledge about the right method and procedures of a certain surgery and service, one will realise that there is nothing to worry about. This is especially true for simple operations like the vasectomy. Knowing and understanding what is being done and what is happening during the vasectomy procedure will help a man accept and decide to have one for a longer benefit both for him and for his wife.