A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure in which the tubes, or vas deferens, that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis are cut. This procedure is intended as a permanent form of male contraception. However, some couples may decide they would like to become parents after all following a vasectomy. That’s where a vasectomy reversal—also known as a vasovasostomy—comes in. Let’s take a look at what exactly this procedure involves and who can benefit from it.
How Does It Work?
A vasectomy reversal reconnects the tubes that were cut during your original procedure in order to restore fertility. The process is more complex than the original surgery and requires more time because it involves reattaching two tiny tubes that are usually only 1-2 millimeters wide each. During the procedure, your doctor will make an incision in each side of your scrotum so that they can locate the tubes and rejoin them using sutures or microscopic stitches. Depending on your individual case, this could be done either with an open incision or laparoscopically with smaller incisions and special tools. In order to ensure it is successful, your surgeon may need to use magnification tools such as an operating microscope during the surgery.
Who Can Benefit From It?
Vasectomy reversals can be beneficial for men who have had a change of heart about having children after their initial operation. Vasectomies are generally considered permanent birth control options; however, in some cases where circumstances have changed, couples may opt for reversal surgery instead. Success rates vary depending on how long ago you had your original surgery; typically speaking, reversals performed within 10 years have higher success rates than those performed beyond 10 years post-vasectomy. Your doctor will likely evaluate various factors such as age and medical history before determining if you are eligible for the procedure. Additionally, research suggests that men who achieve high motile sperm counts prior to their reversal procedures tend to have better outcomes overall than those with lower motile sperm counts prior to surgery.
In short, a vasectomy reversal is a surgical procedure used when couples wish to become parents following a previous vasectomy operation. The process involves reconnecting small tubes on each side of the scrotum in order to restore fertility so that conception can occur naturally again once sperm begins flowing through these newly reconnected vessels once again. Although success rates vary according to how long ago you had your original surgery and other factors such as age and medical history, many couples are able to conceive naturally following this type of outpatient procedure. If you’re considering reversing your current situation regarding fertility issues resulting from a previous vasectomy procedure, speak with your doctor today!
It’s important to note that even if your surgery is successful, it can take some time for sperm to travel through the newly reconnected vessels. To maximize your chances of success, it is recommended that couples try to conceive naturally for at least six months after their surgery. It’s also essential to understand that sperm counts may not return to pre-vasectomy levels even if the procedure is a success, so IVF might be necessary in order to achieve pregnancy.