What is a Vasectomy Reversal?

Vasectomy Reversal is a surgical procedure with the aim of restoring your fertility after you have had a vasectomy.

Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure which causes male sterility. It involves cutting the two tubes that carry sperm from your testicles to your penis. These tubes are called the vasa deferentia. A vasectomy is usually considered a permanent operation. For many reasons, some men want the vasectomy reversed. They may have a new partner or want additional children due to unforeseen circumstances.

The vasectomy reversal operation rejoins together each of the vas deferens tubes.

Who can have a Vasectomy Reversal?

Age is not a barrier. Any man who is considering further children despite their vasectomy is eligible. Most men who are considering a vasectomy reversal are in a new relationship. Some men feel unhappy with their original vasectomy or have discomfort associated with that operation and want to return to “normal”.

All patients requesting a reversal of their vasectomy are treated with a totally non-judgmental attitude. No-one can predict what is to happen in their lives, and this service is offered to help individuals become fertile again.

Does a Vasectomy Reversal work?

Vasectomy Reversal operations are more successful the sooner that they are done after the original vasectomy.

With microscope techniques up to 90% of men will achieve a positive sperm count after vasectomy reversal. It is important to understand that pregnancy is not guaranteed. If sperm are found then this does not mean that your partner will definitely get pregnant.

Other factors which can affect the success of the vasectomy reversal:

  • The time that has passed since your vasectomy
  • The age of your partner
  • Technical factors due to your previous vasectomy
  • A problem with another part of the reproductive system
  • The presence of antibodies.