Myths and misconceptions about vasectomy reversal
A vasectomy is not reversible
Many men are told at the time of their vasectomy that it will not be reversible in the future. It’s true that a vasectomy is a big decision and should not be taken lightly, as there is no guarantee that we will be able to reverse it in future. However, as long as the conditions are right, success rates for vasectomy reversal are very good these days and in the majority of cases we are able to successfully reverse your vasectomy. The sooner it is after the vasectomy, the more likely it is that the reversal will be effective.
Success rates for vasectomy reversals are low
In actual fact success rates for vasectomy reversals are generally very good. Surgeons who are experienced in microsurgical techniques can achieve very high success rates. For example, Mr Rees has to date been able to reconstruct every single one of his patients – and 96% of them on both sides. If we look at the return of sperm, 94% of men achieve this if their vasectomy was within 5 years.
If it’s been more than a few years since a vasectomy, a reversal is unlikely to work
It’s true that success rates drop the longer it has been since your vasectomy. However, 78% of Mr Rees’ patients, who had their vasectomy 10-30 years ago, have seen a return of sperm. The longest interval since vasectomy which has resulted in a pregnancy is 30 years.
It’s invasive and painful
Vasectomy reversal is usually done through a single small incision in the midline of the scrotum. It takes place as day surgery, so you will be home in your own bed the same night. You’ll need 1-2 weeks off work depending on your job, and will be a little sore afterwards, but recovery is generally straightforward and easier than people fear.
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