What Happens During a Vasectomy Reversal Surgery?

What Happens During a Vasectomy Reversal Surgery?

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Did you know a vasectomy can be reversed? Vasectomy reversal surgery or a vasovasostomy is an outpatient surgical procedure performed to reverse a vasectomy that was previously performed to prevent the patient from impregnating a woman. The procedure is performed either due to the patient changing his mind about having a baby or because of an increase in pressure inside the epididymis and vas deferens which is no longer tolerable. General anesthesia is typically administered to perform a vasectomy reversal surgery, and it typically takes 3 to 4 hours to perform.

About 500,000 American men undergo vasectomies each year and about 1,500 will ask for a vasectomy reversal. However, not everyone is a good candidate for a reverse vasectomy, and only a urologist can determine whether it is the right procedure for you. 

How a Vasectomy Reversal Works

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that involves blocking the tubes that allow sperm to pass into the semen. Having a vasectomy doesn’t mean you stop producing sperm. It just means your sperm’s pathways to reach semen are effectively blocked. 

In a vasectomy reversal surgery, the vasectomy procedure is reversed. First, the surgeon will make a small incision in the scrotum to access the vas deferens and locate the site of the vasectomy. He will then remove the scar tissue causing the blockage and sew both ends together. In case there are other sperm pathways that are blocked, the surgeon will perform similar measures to unblock them. After that, he will place the vas deferens back into the scrotum and sew the incision shut. 

With a skilled surgeon, you will experience minimal pain from a vasectomy reversal surgery. In fact, the pain you feel in a vasectomy reversal surgery will likely be significantly less than the pain you experienced during your vasectomy surgery.

After Your Procedure

You will need to rest for a few days following your procedure. However, there is no major downtime required with a vasectomy reversal surgery. You may be concerned that a vasectomy reversal surgery may affect your ability to maintain an erection. This anxiety is totally normal. But a vasectomy reversal will not have negative effects on your sex life.

Vasectomy Reversal Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona

The success of a vasectomy reversal surgery largely depends on the skill and experience of the surgeon, which is why you should choose a urologist that specializes in vasectomy reversals. Dr. Desiderio Avila Jr., is a male fertility specialist and one of the leading vasectomy reversal surgeons in the United States. Dr. Avila’s approach is personal and compassionate attention for each patient. He understands that your reproductive health is one of the most intimate aspects of your life. He is committed to providing the high-quality patient care you deserve. 

To learn more about whether a reverse vasectomy is the right procedure for you, call the experts at Ironwood Urology to make an appointment with Dr. Avila today. You can call (480) 961-2323 to make an appointment or you can request one online.