Can a vasectomy be reversed?


A vasectomy is considered a permanent form of birth control. Vasectomy reversal reconnects the vas deferens tubes that were cut during a vasectomy and reconnects them so that fertility is regained. The procedure is usually outpatient using general anesthesia or spinal block since it is very important that the patient remain still during the procedure.

Chances of success

The procedure is not always successful. The chances of vasectomy reversal success depend on how much time has passed between the vasectomy and the attempt to reconnect. Chances of success are better within the first ten years of the procedure being done, very good within three years of the initial surgery. Over time, other blockages can form. Additionally, some men develop antibodies to their own sperm. The surgery is more complicated and chances of success are smaller when a blockage between the vas deferens and the epididymis require further correction.

Once completed, vasectomy reversal leads to overall pregnancy rates of greater than 50%. If the vasectomy reversal is done ten years after the procedure, chances of pregnancy drop to 30%.

Post Op

The procedure itself can take two to four hours. There will be a few more hours for post-operative recovery from the anesthetic. Men usually go home the same day. Pain can be mild to moderate. Most men resume all normal activities, including sex, within three weeks.


There is a small chance of infection at the site of the surgery. Occasionally, there is fluid buildup in the scrotum that may require draining, a simple procedure done in the doctor’s office. In rare cases, there an be injury to the arteries or nerves of the scrotum.

Source: WebMD


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