Vasectomy reversal is a surgery to undo a vasectomy. After successful vasectomy
reversal, sperm are present in your semen again and you may be able to get your
Statistically, five to ten percent of the over 600,000 men in North America who
annually undergo a vasectomy, will choose to have theirs' reversed at some time.
Reasons for reversing a vasectomy can include the loss of a child, a new marriage,
or just a desire to have more children to complete the family.
In recent years, with the development of better techniques and a larger pool of
skilled microsurgeons to perform the reversal, excellent results can be obtained
with a high chance of obtaining pregnancy. Vasectomy reversal is generally carried
out in hospital as an outpatient procedure using a general anaesthetic. Success
rates vary by individual patient and the surgeon. Two techniques may be employed
depending upon the circumstances:
- Reconnecting the vas deferens (vasovasostomy) - the preferred connection, or
- Connecting the vas deferens to the epididymis (vasoepididymostomy) -when no sperm
are identified in the testicular vas deferens.
Keep in mind that ultimately, a vasectomy reversal will be considered successful
when a couple achieves becoming pregnant and giving birth. So there are factors
in the decision to have a vasectomy reversal that also involve the female partner.