Many patients who have had a vasectomy ask, “Can you undo a vasectomy?” The answer is yes. A physician can undo a vasectomy through a vasectomy reversal procedure.
A vasectomy reversal is a surgical procedure that restores fertility after a vasectomy. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens, or the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles, are cut and sealed. Vasectomy reversals reconnect these tubes so that healthy sperm can once again be ejaculated.
If you are considering undoing your vasectomy, schedule a consultation with our expert urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta (UGATL). Our highly skilled urologists will be able to assess your individual case and advise you on the best course of treatment. Contact us today to book an appointment!
What Are the Reasons for Having a Vasectomy Reversed?
There are several reasons why a man may want to have a vasectomy reversed, including the following:
- Wanting to have children
- Changes in relationships
- Regrets about having a vasectomy
- Having pain in the testicles related to a vasectomy
What Happens During a Vasectomy Reversal Procedure?
A vasectomy reversal is an outpatient procedure that reconnects the vas deferens so that sperm can once again mix with semen. This procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.
The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. The procedure can also be done with local anesthesia. In this case, your physician will numb the area around your scrotum.
The surgeon makes a small cut in the scrotum and finds the vas deferens. The vas deferens are then reconnected either to each other or to the epididymis, the small tube that stores sperm.
If the vasectomy was done a long time ago or if the vas deferens are not accessible, the surgeon may need to connect the vas deferens to another part of the reproductive tract.
Post-Operative Recovery After a Vasectomy Reversal
After the vasectomy reversal, you will likely need to stay in the hospital overnight. You may have some pain and swelling in your scrotum. You will also be given antibiotics to prevent infection.
Most men can return to work and other everyday activities in about a week. However, it can take up to 3 months before your sperm count returns to normal levels.
After surgery, it is essential to care for the area where the surgery was performed. Patients can aid their recovery by doing the following:
- Keeping the incision dry for a few days after surgery
- Limiting physical activity that could strain the scrotum, such as biking or jogging
- Waiting to have sex until your doctor says it’s safe to resume sexual activity
- Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for any pain
- Not wearing tight underwear for a few weeks after surgery
What Is the Vasectomy Reversal Success Rate
The vasectomy reversal success rate depends on several factors, including the type of vasectomy performed, the surgeon’s experience, and the patient’s health.
In general, however, about 80% of vasectomies are successful. This means that 8 out of 10 couples will be able to produce sperm and conceive again.
How Much Does It Cost to Undo a Vasectomy?
The cost of a vasectomy reversal can vary widely, depending on several factors, such as the surgeon’s fees, the hospital or clinic where the surgery is performed, and whether or not insurance will cover the procedure. In the United States, most vasectomy reversals typically cost between $5,000 and $10,000.
If you have any questions regarding the cost of a vasectomy or the cost of a vasectomy reversal, be sure to consult with a skilled surgeon to discuss your options and understand the risks and potential complications of these procedures.
Who Should You Choose to Undo a Vasectomy?
If you are considering undergoing a vasectomy reversal procedure, schedule a consultation with our highly skilled urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta. We have multiple locations throughout the state of Georgia to help you with your needs. Call us or book an appointment online today!