Making major decisions in life—like getting a vasectomy—don’t have to remain permanent. A vasectomy is a procedure that prevents semen from exiting a man’s body and impregnating his partner. It is basically sterilization. The good news for many men is that it can be reversed should he change his mind. What you should know about vasectomy reversals.
Why a Vasectomy Reversal?
Five hundred thousand men choose to have a vasectomy each year in the US. Having a vasectomy too early in life can lead to regret. Sometimes a marriage ends, and a man enters into a new relationship where having a family is paramount. Other times a child is lost. And sometimes, a man just changes his mind later in life.
Reversal is a Low Risk Outpatient Procedure
A vasectomy reversal is performed at an outpatient clinic by a urologist, and you can return home afterward. Be sure your surgeon has expertise in doing vasectomies and reversals like Cleveland Urology in Ohio.
It is a minimally invasive surgery with low risk, and it takes approximately 2 hours to perform either under general anesthesia, or local where you remain awake but can not feel anything.
Many are now down using microsurgery techniques. It is best to wait for about 3 weeks before having sexual intercourse again in order to thoroughly heal.
Most Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Reversals
Talk with your insurance company to see if your plan will cover any of the costs.
If you have any questions about procedure cost, please call our office at (440) 891-6500.
Vasectomy Reversals Are Successful
Successful vasectomy reversals can be as high as 95% if the original surgery was performed less than 10 years ago. That rate begins to decline after 15 years.
Other reasons your reversal could be compromised:
- The health of your sperm
- Your partner’s age is a factor
- Fertility issues of both you and your partner
If time is a factor, you can opt for a sperm retrieval procedure to facilitate in-vitro fertilization.
Contact Cleveland Urology at (440) 891-6500 if you are considering a vasectomy reversal procedure. We will walk you through the process and give you all your options.