How successful is vasectomy reversal?
Although vasectomy is considered a permanent form of contraception, advances in microsurgery have made it possible to successfully reverse vasectomy in 60%-90% of the cases. Approximately 55-60% of couples are able to have a baby within 2 years after vasectomy reversal.
What factors affect the success of vasectomy reversal?
1) Time elapsed since you’ve had your vasectomy
Better success rates are achieved if vasectomy is reversed within 3 years of the original procedure but even vasectomies as old as 15 years have been successfully reversed.
2) The type of vasectomy reversal performed
It’s difficult to determine the type of most appropriate reconnection in advance. The surgeon typically makes a decision at the time of the procedure whether to perform vasovasostomy (partial reversal) or vasoepididymostomy (full reversal). The decision is made based on what is physically possible and depends on how your vasectomy was done originally.
3) The skill and experience of the surgeon performing your vasectomy reversal
Our surgeons are recognized experts in the specialized field of vasectomy reversals
How long does it take? Will I have to stay overnight at the hospital?
The procedure is performed under a general anesthetic and takes 2 to 3 hours to complete. It is a considered a “day surgery” so you will be able to go home the same day.
What is normal after vasectomy reversal?
- There can be some soreness and swelling during for 2-3 days after the surgery. We recommend applying a small ice pack to the groin area to minimize swelling and bruising.
- Slight bleeding from the wound sometimes occurs and will resolve on its own in a few days.
- You may begin showering the following day but avoid swimming or taking baths for 2 weeks.
- Avoid vigorous physical activity, such as bicycle riding, intense sports for at least 3 weeks.
- You may resume sexual activity after 3 weeks. Note, it usually takes 2-3 months for the sperm numbers to increase to normal levels.
- You may have to take antibiotics to prevent infection. Complications are rare but may include bleeding, infection, swelling, injury, discomfort.