What is a Vasectomy Reversal?
Vasectomy reversal is a microsurgical procedure conducted with the aim to restore normal sperm flow from the epididymis to the prostrate glands from where the sperms find their way out of the male body and into the female reproductive system after ejaculation. The surgery is conducted to rejoin the ends of the vas deferens tube that was severed and clamped during the original procedure. While vasectomy creates a blockage that stops the sperm from moving out of the epididymis, vasectomy reversal does the exact opposite. In some cases the reversal surgery may involve joining one end of the vas deferens directly to the epididymis; this is done when a blockage is observed in the vas deferens that can prevent the unhindered movement of sperms even after the reversal procedure. This type of procedure is known as vasoepididymostomy and is usually conducted in patients who have had a vasectomy more than ten to fifteen years before the reversal procedure.
How Much Will you End Up Paying for Vasectomy Reversal?
That entirely depends on where you get it done; while rates vary from country to country it is not unusual to find a wide disparity in prices of the procedure from state to state as well. Add t this the fact that the more acclaimed the surgeon who performs the procedure and the higher the success rate of the vasectomy reversal procedures conducted in a specific clinic; the more you will end up paying if you get the surgery done there. But given the fact that the surgeons skills and experience and the expertise f the support staff plays a crucial role in the success of the procedure, you will be better of by choosing the best instead of the cheapest. Generally, the average cost of a vasectomy in the United states in $ 10,000 and the procedure will generally cost you in the range of $5000 to $15,000; however, the very same procedure can be done in Canada for a mere $4000. You could also try and get the procedure done under epidural anesthetic in the surgeon's dispensary instead of a hospital; this should help you save $2500 to $4000. But you will need to get a green signal from your doctor; if there are complications, it is recommended that you spend the additional $2500 and stay in the hospital
What is the Success Rate of Vasectomy Reversal Procedures?
This success of the procedure will entirely depend on the amount of time that has lapsed since the vasectomy; if you had the original procedure doe long ago (more than ten or more years); there may be some amount of damage to the vas deferens which may hamper your chances of regaining fertility. With modern surgical and medical innovations; most people who have a normal (vasovasostomy) vasectomy reversal procedure stand a 97% chance of success with a 50% chance of fathering a child after the procedure. However, the figures go down drastically as the duration increases. For example in cases where the original surgery was done ten or more years ago, the chances if success are just 71% while the chances of fathering a child stand at a dismal 30%
How Can I Choose a Surgeon for my Vasectomy Reversal Procedure?
Make sure that you choose a surgeon after due research and deliberation, it is best to go for a highly experienced, qualified and reputable professional. Inquire if the surgeon can also perform a vasoepididymostomy if need be. A skilled surgeon will not have any problems conducting either types of vasectomy reversal procedures.
How Much Time Does it Take to Father a Child After the Surgery?
It may take eight to twelve months for your partner to get pregnant after the procedure; however, this is highly subjective and varies from person to person. There have been cases when pregnancies have occurred within a few months of the procedure and in other it took a couple of years to get pregnant; but generally it is recommended that you wait for 12 to 24 months before considering alternate treatments for fertility.