Many men wish to reverse the popular sterilization procedure called a vasectomy. With today’s microsurgical techniques, most men make excellent candidates for this outpatient surgery. Are you unsure whether you are a good candidate for vasectomy reversal surgery? We outlined the top factors your urologist will consider when deciding if vasectomy reversal is right for you.
Your Overall Health
While a vasectomy reversal is an outpatient procedure and features a relatively quick recovery, it’s important to be as healthy as possible before you have your surgery. Consider scheduling a routine wellness exam with your primary care physician before consulting with your urologist about vasectomy reversal surgery.
Your Return to Fertility
Contrary to popular belief, it does not matter how long it has been since you had your vasectomy. Virtually any healthy man who has had a successful vasectomy procedure can have a successful vasectomy reversal. That’s just how precise modern microsurgery techniques are. However, your urological surgeon will still consider your chances for return to fertility before performing the procedure.
To determine this, the urologist will analyze a sample of the fluid contained in the vas deferens to see if you have a sufficient sperm count for successful conception. This sperm test also tells the doctor what kind of vasectomy reversal procedure you may require.
There are two types of vasectomy reversal procedures: vas-to-vas reconnection or vas to epididymis connection. Vas-to-vas reconnection is the most common type of vasectomy reversal surgery and is used when there is no obstruction or scar tissue in the vas deferens. Your doctor will be able to provide you with detailed information about which surgery is right for you during your consultation.
Your Partner’s Fertility
Fertility depends on both male and female partners. Even if your fertility is restored with a vasectomy reversal procedure, conception and you may not conceive unless your partner is also actively ovulating and carry a pregnancy through to term. So, if you are contemplating a vasectomy reversal, make sure your partner checks their fertility with her OB/GYN.
Vasectomy Reversal Recovery
After the vasectomy reversal procedure, most patients are able to return to work and their usual activities within seven to 10 days. Patients may also resume sexual intercourse, but it may take several weeks or months for the sperm count to be adequate for conception.
Depending on your specific procedure and healing process, your fertility should return within a few months. At Ironwood Urology, Dr. Desiderio Avila has a greater than 50 percent conception rate for his vasectomy reversal couples – a rate that is appreciably higher than the national average.
Your surgeon will discuss your specific treatment plan, surgery, and recovery details with you before your procedure, so you can make an informed decision about your treatment and adjust your routine schedule to accommodate some downtime.
Male Vasectomy Reversal in Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona
In the Mountain West area, Ironwood Urology’s Dr. Desiderio Avila is the vasectomy reversal expert to consult. He will explain your treatment options to you in detail, and if you do decide to have a procedure, he will provide you with the best results possible.