The Simple Ins and Outs of Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

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Many men have undergone a vasectomy so that they don't make any unwanted mistakes or because they feel in the situation at the time there were enough children.  But some of those men may decide later on that they want to have a child if they meets the right women, for instance.  There can be many reasons to reverse a vasectomy. 

It's no surprise that some men will later decide to have a family and it's possible with vasectomy reversal surgery.  With today's microsurgery technology, success rates are higher than ever. 

Before you decide to go through with the operation, keep in mind that it isn't always successful.  Even though the success rate is about 95%, it's still possible for the surgery to fail.  And even if the surgery is considered a success, which in most cases it will be, that is no guarantee of a successful pregnancy following it. 

Even so, vasectomy reversal surgery is considered the best choice for conceiving a child and even more desirable than vitro fertilization by those who have researched and understand the odds.  Not only is it more successful, it's a more simple procedure to go through.

To put it simply, vasectomy reversal surgery reconnects the vas deferens that was cut during the vasectomy.  Every man has a set of ducts that carries the sperm from the testicles.  When this duct is cut or blocked, the sperm just can't get out preventing pregnancy. 

Using the advancements in microsurgery, these cut ducts can now be reconnected and normal functions can resume.  New technology makes vasectomy reversal not only possible, but very successful as well.

Now, while your original operation may have been done in a doctor's office under local anesthesia, you don't want the same conditions for this type of reversal surgery.  In fact, if your doctor says that is how it will be done, run, don't walk, to the nearest exit.  The vas is a very small tube and just cannot be adequately reconnected again using the eye and under such conditions.  This is why vasectomy reversal rates were so bad in the old days before the advent of microsurgery.

The cost of a surgery like this can be what most of us consider high though you may find some offering the operation for less than average.  Many doctors who do these surgeries may charge anywhere from $6,000 to $15,000. 

Other costs may include traveling, staying in a hotel if necessary, and you will most likely have to pay a fee just to have a consultation.  Your insurance company will most likely not cover the procedure because it is considered 'elective' surgery.  However there are many different ways to save money for the surgery itself.

Afterward you may feel a little pain, but you will be fine.  Don't expect to be ready for action immediately.  Men may need 6 months to 18 months before they sperm is seen flowing all the way.  If your reversal isn't successful, a second surgery may be able to produce results, but have slightly lower success rate.  Factors like poor surgery skills and scar tissue developing can lower the success rate which makes careful selection of your doctor an important thing to do.

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This article was published on 2011/04/12