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Vasectomy Reversal Benefits Can be Life-changing

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About one in 10 men who undergo a vasectomy eventually decide to reverse the procedure. We are proud to help patients in this position reclaim their fertility. To learn more about the benefits of vasectomy reversal or schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Lipshultz.

Benefits of Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

Undergoing microsurgical vasectomy reversal can benefit you in numerous ways:

  • It can help you can achieve your family goals.
  • It is a microsurgical procedure and requires a short recovery period.
  • It can help you save money by eliminating the need for more costly assisted reproductive treatment.
  • It allows you to maintain the ability to have another vasectomy in the future should you choose (it is important to remember that vasectomy is not recommended as a temporary means of contraception).

About Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

A vasectomy is a contraceptive procedure in which the vas deferens (the tube that allows sperm to travel from the testes to the urethra) is severed, and both ends are sealed to block the transmission of sperm.

To reverse the results of a vasectomy, Dr. Lipshultz will place microscopic sutures to reconnect the detached segments of the vas deferens. This procedure is called microsurgical vasovasostomy, and can be performed when patients have sperm present on the testicular side of the vas deferens. However, if you no longer have sperm present in this area, Dr. Lipshultz may need to perform epididymovasostomy instead. During this treatment, he will connect the abdominal side of the vas deferens directly to the epididymis, a duct at the back of the testicle where sperm cells mature.

Candidacy

Most men who have had vasectomies can undergo the reversal surgery. To be an ideal candidate for this procedure, you should:

  • Have undergone a vasectomy within the last 20 years. As time passes, it becomes more difficult to restore your fertility (although there are no strict time limits or requirements).
  • Have a sperm granuloma, a small nodule on the testicular side of the vas deferens, which indicates that healthy sperm and fluid are present. Patients who do not have a sperm granuloma and have waited many years following their vasectomy may require an epididymovasostomy rather than a vasovasostomy.
  • Be in good general health and able to safely undergo anesthesia and sedation.  
  • Wish to conceive with a partner who does not suffer from fertility issues. Female infertility concerns may require the use of assisted reproductive technologies, which could make your vasectomy reversal unnecessary.
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. Microsurgical vasovasostomy has a success rate of approximately 90 percent. Microsurgical epididymovasostomy has a success rate of approximately 65 percent.

Dr. Lipshultz will evaluate your eligibility for vasectomy reversal at your initial consultation. 

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Lipshultz can deliver outstanding vasectomy reversal outcomes. To learn more about vasectomy reversal benefits, contact our urology practice today.