A reverse vasectomy is a more complicated procedure than a vasectomy but it is possible. Here’s the 411…
[dropcap]A [/dropcap]reverse vasectomy, or vasovasostomy, can help a man make a whole new beginning in life. It is a more complicated procedure than a vasectomy and here is an FAQ that will help you understand the process and keep yourself informed:
How is vasovasostomy (aka reverse vasectomy) performed?
The procedure involves rejoining of the vas deferans’ ends. For the uninitiated, vas deferans represent the channels that carry the sperm when they anticipate an ejaculation.
The surgeon, after joining the vas deferens together, then attaches them to the epididymis, the area where the sperm matures.
If the surgeon feels that rejoining the vas deferens may impact potency, then he will likely attach the sperm duct to the sperm maturing area (epididymis), thereby completely sidestepping the blocked area. This procedure is referred to as vasoepididymostomy.
The surgeon will decide on the process during the operation and his decision will be based on the patient’s anatomy.
What are the factors to be considered before opting for a reverse vasectomy?
A vasovasostomy is generally not covered by insurance and therefore, you may have to request your doctor to help you obtain insurance by providing necessary documents to the company. FYI, the procedure can cost anywhere between $5000 and $12,000.
A few men experience intense discomfort, referred to as Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome. The cause of this pain is not known. So, it is best to talk to a surgeon and judge him based on his successes and experience. Plus, ensure that your partner is around to quiz the surgeon on any issues she may have doubts about.
Is the procedure largely successful?
According to studies, 95% of men who underwent the procedure had motile sperm within 1 year of the procedure. 80% of these men had motile sperm within 3 months of the procedure.
That said, the real success of a vasovasostomy depends on pregnancy. Here are some interesting statistics concerning this factor:
1. If the procedure is performed within 3 years of the vasectomy, then the pregnancy success rate is 76%
2. The pregnancy success rate drops to 53% if the procedure is conducted between 3-8 years of the vasectomy, and then to 44% for reversals performed between 9-14 years post-vasectomy, and to 30% for procedures performed 15 years after the vasectomy.
So, one cannot guarantee that reverse vasectomy will result in a pregnancy even though the procedure is successful.
How long does the process take?
About 4 hours and the patient can go home the same day so long he doesn’t drive.
These are the answers to basic questions. For detailed information, check out the video below then please consult your vasovasostomy doctor.
Featured images: License: Royalty Free or iStock source.
Erick J. Thompson is a blogger who fathered his second child after having a reverse vasectomy.
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