Facts About Vasectomy Reversal

A vasectomy reversal, also known as a vasovasostomy, is a surgical procedure where the tubes are reconnected. A vasovasostomy is considered an outpatient procedure, so an overnight hospital stay isn’t necessary.

Before considering a vasectomy or a vasectomy reversal, it’s important to know the risks associated with the reversal of the procedure.

How Effective is Vasectomy Reversal?

Vasectomy reversals are successful a majority of the time. However, the amount of time that has passed since the vasectomy has a major impact in how effective the reversal is.

If the reversal is done within ten years of the vasectomy, it usually results in overall pregnancy rates of greater than 50 percent. If the procedure is done within three years of the vasectomy, the chances of conception are even greater.

Are There Risks When Getting a Vasectomy?

Almost all vasectomies can be reversed without complications. However, there are some things to keep in mind when considering a vasectomy reversal. Some risks of the procedure include:

  • Bleeding in the scrotum – The procedure can cause a collection of blood in the scrotum. To ensure this doesn’t happen, follow the doctor’s instructions to rest after surgery.

  • Infection at the surgery site – Though uncommon, infection at the surgery site is a risk everyone takes when getting surgery.

  • Chronic pain – Not many men experience pain in the testicle area after a vasectomy reversal, but it’s possible.

  • Sperm granuloma – Sperm can link into the scrotum, causing an inflamed mass called a sperm granuloma. This is usually a sign that the reversal wasn’t successful.

See your physician today for more information on vasectomy reversals.

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