Are you thinking of having a vasectomy reversal? Do you know all the facts?

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure performed on men to make them sterile or to be used as a long-term contraception. During the procedure the vas deferens (a duct that takes sperm from the testicles to the urethra) are cut and tied or sealed to prevent the delivery of sperm.

What is a vasectomy reversal?

A vasectomy reversal is usually requested when a couple decide to try for more children. During the procedure the previous cut ends of the vas deferens are put back together to ensure that the sperm cells can travel to the urethra from the testicles. This procedure can usually be done in 2 hours and is done under general anaesthetic. A vasectomy reversal is a common procedure that has a success rate of around 95%. At our practice we have been serving the North West for almost a decade, helping patients to achieve their wish of expand their family.

What are the risks and side effects of having a vasectomy reversal?

Any operation that requires you to go under general anaesthetic carries risks, however these are generally quite small. Please discuss any concerns with medical staff before the procedure, so that you have a full understanding of what will happen.

Side effects

  • Common- you will experience some pain and discomfort after the operation. You are advised to take pain killers for 2-3 days.
  • Occasional- after this operation, infection and/or swelling may occur in the scrotum or wound. If this occurs you may require further treatment.
  • Rare- bleeding after the operation may occur which may result in bruising and swelling of the scrotum; which may result in further treatment.

Please contact us to find out any further information about this operation.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.