Do you feel like your family isn’t quite complete and regret your previous decision to have a vasectomy? You may be thinking that it’s too late and that you won’t be able to conceive the traditional way. The great news is that with a vasectomy reversal, you and your partner should be able to successfully conceive. It tends to be a relatively quick and easy procedure, but men often have a lot of questions about vasectomy reversals.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers that Dr. Desi Avila, world-class vasectomy reversal surgeon in Phoenix, receives regarding reversals.
Am I a good candidate for reversal? Who can get a vasectomy reversal?
While each patient is different and needs to be evaluated, nearly all men who have had a vasectomy are good candidates for reversals. The length of time from when you had your vasectomy, your age, and other factors should not be a deterrent, as Dr. Avila will discuss your eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
Will it be effective?
Getting the sperm to return back to the ejaculate can have as high as a 95% success rate. However, there are many factors that go into conceiving. Therefore, while the vasectomy reversal can be and very often is successful, it cannot guarantee conception.
What is involved in the surgery and will I be under anesthesia?
The majority of vasectomy reversals take place in an outpatient surgery setting, taking around 3 to 4 hours to complete. Surgery is done using a microscope to reconnect the vas deferens, which was cut during the vasectomy, all while under local, general, or regional anesthesia.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects of the reversal are minimal and similar to the side effects one may experience after a vasectomy: swelling, bruising and discomfort, which are all temporary. There should be no effect on urinary function. Intercourse and heavy lifting should be avoided during the first 4 weeks after surgery, to ensure an optimal recovery.
If I change my mind after the reversal, can I get another vasectomy? Can I also get that vasectomy reversed if I choose to?
Vasectomies and reversals can be performed numerous times, and there is no maximum. However, with greater amounts of surgery comes a greater risk for scarring. Performing subsequent surgeries may become more difficult and can lower sperm motility and counts. You should be absolutely sure you want a reversal before your procedure.
I had my vasectomy many years ago. Could my sperm count be affected?
If there is a partial blockage or scarring, motility of the sperm and the sperm count can be affected. However, if there are no scarring or blockage issues, sperm counts typically return to normal around 3 to 6 months after your reversal.
If you are considering a reversal and would like to discuss your options with a leading vasectomy reversal expert, please call Ironwood Urology at (480) 961-2323 or request an appointment online. Dr. Avila is the premier choice for vasectomy reversals in the Mountain West region and will work with you to make the best decision for you and your family.