Thinking of a vasectomy reversal? In life, sometimes your situation changes, and a vasectomy is no longer the best option for your needs. Whether you have remarried or had a change of heart, Urology Clinics Manchester can help restore your fertility with a vasectomy reversal procedure.
A vasectomy is a very popular contraceptive for men. After a vasectomy procedure, sperm is no longer able to leave your body when you ejaculate. However, your testicles continue to produce sperm, so a reversal may be possible should you decide to reverse this.
Although vasectomies are claimed to be a a permanent contraception method, they can be reversed. A small, but significant subset of men who undergo a vasectomy decide to reverse the procedure.
There are multiple reasons you might decide to get a vasectomy, even if you were certain at the time of having a vasectomy. Our lives can change unexpectedly. One common reason is that you have re-married and would like to start a family with your current partner. You may have simply changed your mind about parenthood or having additional children.
Vasectomy reversals are more complicated and involved procedures than vasectomies. The procedure involves rejoining your vas deferens so that they can, once again, carry sperm from your body.
A vasectomy reversal involves one of two methods:
- Vasovasostomy – A vasovasostomy involves reconnecting the vas deferens. A vasoepididymostomy involves connecting the vas deferens directly to the epididymis, the small structure that connects your testicles to your vas deferens.
- Vasoepididymostomy – A vasoepididymostomy is a longer, more complicated procedure than a vasovasostomy.
Our consultants are more likely to perform a vasoepididymostomy if your vasectomy was a very long time ago, or if they think that a vasovasostomy would not work. We will discuss in detail which option is best.
The procedure usually takes two to four hours, depending on the technique used, and you are under a general anaesthetic whilst undergoing the procedure for a vasectomy reversal. You are then go home the same day.
You might be sore for a few days to a week after the procedure. Our consultants will provide detailed aftercare instructions and may prescribe pain medication if needed.
It may take six months to a year before your fertility returns after the procedure. It is recommended to have a semen analysis at 3 months after to look at your sperm count and quality.