There are different reasons why a man may decide he would like to have his vasectomy reversed. Although a vasectomy is primarily considered to be a permanent method of sterilization, it is not uncommon for a man to find his situation in life change, thereby causing him to desire having children again. And with recent advances in microsurgical vasectomy reversal techniqes, the decision to become a father again has never been easier.
Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversal
Every year, about 500,000 men in the United States choose to have a vasectomy in order to permanently prevent pregnancy. This simple, non-invasive procedure prevents sperm from making its way into your semen. As a result, no sperm is present in your ejaculate to fertilize an egg.
A vasectomy can be performed in a doctor’s office. During the procedure, the doctor cuts or blocks off each of the vas deferens. The vas deferens are the tubes that go from the testes to the seminal vesicles and act as a passageway for sperm to make its way out of the body. The procedure takes roughly about 30 minutes and men can usually return to work the same day, although they are likely to experience some minor pain and discomfort for a few days.
A vasectomy reversal, on the other hand, is more complex and requires surgery to reattach the vas deferens. Although the operation can be quite effective in helping a couple get pregnant (as much as 50% of men who undergo a vasectomy reversal are able to produce a pregnancy), it is not recommended that a man go into a vasectomy procedure expecting to get it reversed at a later time.
Types of Vasectomy Reversals
There are two different of vasectomy procedures: vasovasotomy and epididymosotmy. Which procedure is used will depend upon your health and how the original vasectomy was performed.
Two-thirds of all vasectomy reversals performed are done by vasovasotomy. This type of microsurgical vasectomy reversal requires the surgeon to use a microscope in order to locate the severed vas deferens. Sutures are then used to reattach the cut tubes. The entire procedure usually takes about two hours and is done in uncomplicated cases for men who have little scarring on their vas deferens. It is generally regarded as the most effective procedure.