What is Vasectomy Reversal?
A vasectomy is a simple surgical procedure that blocks the tubes that connect the scrotum to the penis to keep sperm from leaving the body. Thus the semen that a man ejaculates after this procedure will not have any sperm in it. Though this procedure is considered permanent, it may be reversed at a later date in a vasectomy reversal procedure.
How can a vasectomy be reversed?
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A vasovasostomy involves sewing the two severed ends of the vas deferens back together while vasoepididymostomy involves attaching the vas deferens to a small organ at the back of each testicle. This is a more complicated procedure and is usually advised only if the other procedure has a low chance of working out. These procedures are performed while the patient is under anaesthesia and can take 2 to 4 hours. Recovering from a vasectomy reversal can take about 2 weeks.
Side Effects of a Vasectomy Reversal
A vasectomy is considered a relatively safe procedure. This procedure can be performed many times but its efficacy reduces with each procedure. In some cases, the procedure may have a few side effects. These include:
- Bleeding - A vasectomy reversal can cause swelling and bleeding in the scrotum
- Infection - Like any other procedure, this surgical procedure can also cause an infection. Most of such infections can be treated with medication.
- Pain - A certain amount of pain may be considered normal but if you have severe, persistent pain, you should consult a doctor.
How Soon Can the Results Be Seen?
After a vasectomy reversal, sperm should be visible in the patient’s semen after a few months. In the case of a vasovasostomy, this could take 6 to 12 months while in the case of a vasoepididymostomy, it could take more than a year. To analyse the concentration of sperm in semen, the doctor may test several samples for 4 to 6 consecutive months.
The success of a vasectomy depends on many factors such as the type of vasectomy originally performed and if there are any other factors keeping the couple from getting pregnant.