Vasectomy reversal surgery

Often times a male decides to get a vasectomy in order to prevent from getting a woman pregnant. He may already be a father and feel blessed with his family but decides not to have more children or maybe he feels he does not want children at all. This decision can be made by a man alone or with the help of his wife or significant other. Regardless of how the decision came to pass the choice to have vasectomy is a big one. However, life always takes turns and things change and that does not exclude our feeling towards having children. What a person may have felt was right for him in the past may be different from what he currently may be feeling or wanting. Therefore a vasectomy reversal may be desired.

When a vasectomy is performed the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles into the semen are disconnected. During a vasectomy reversal the tubes are re-connected so that sperm are once again able to pass through to the semen and therefore a man may be able to father children. The success rate of fertility after having vasectomy reversal surgery may depend on how long ago your original vasectomy surgery was performed. Men who have had a vasectomy three years or less have a much higher rate of regaining fertility than do men that have had the vasectomy for longer than three years. The longer you have had your vasectomy the less chance you have of being fertile after the reversal is performed, however it is all dependent on each individual case. There are no guarantees that one will regain fertility after the reversal is performed. For most men sperm will become present in the semen, however only 50% of those men will be able to actually father a child.

Once the decision has been made to have the surgery, the first step is to find a good doctor. You really need to do some research and find the best surgeon for the job. Make sure this person is an expert in the field and has performed this type of surgical procedure many times before. The surgeon needs to be well qualified in microsurgical techniques since this is the key in allowing the surgery to be most successful.

The surgery itself usually takes longer than the initial vasectomy since the surgery needs to be very precise in order to achieve the best results. It can take anywhere from 2-6 hours but is still considered an outpatient surgery. Once the surgery is performed the patient will spend some time in recovery then in most cases will be permitted to go home and rest. There will be swelling, bruising and tenderness of the scrotum, but this should fade after a few days. With most cases the man is able to return to work within 4-7 days as long as the work load is not physically demanding. Any athletic activity or sexual activity will be restricted for typically 4 weeks.

In most cases a doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment one to two months following the surgery for semen analysis. This will help determine the sperm count as well as how healthy the sperm are. It may take several months for the sperm count to rise as well as the motility of the sperm to improve. Be aware that it can take up to a year for a couple to get pregnant even if the sperm are present.

Having a vasectomy reversal can be successful. Just be sure you know you doctor well and ask any questions you may have prior to surgery. Do your research and find a reliable doctor since that can make all the difference.

Last updated on Aug 31st, 2009 and filed under Men's Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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