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Factors Affecting Vasectomy Reversal Success Rates

factors affecting vasectomy reversalWhen considering having a vasectomy reversal procedure, the first concern for many patients is their chance of success.

Your Age

At the Vasectomy Reversal Centre, our audits have shown that your age does not determine your vasectomy reversal success rate. We have had men of all ages, from 30 to 65 and they have been successful.

Frequency of Surgeon’s Operating Lists

At the Vasectomy Reversal Centre, the Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Harriss has been performing vasectomy reversals since 1998, with vasectomy reversal success rates improving over this time. Mr Harriss is very experienced and performs around ten to fifteen reversals every week.

To ensure that skill is maintained and improved, we evaluate our results to determine our success rates at regular intervals. The last audit was conducted in 2013. We define success as at the 3 month analysis point after your reversal, there being live sperm present or pregnancy within 3 months.

Time Since Vasectomy

One factor that can affect the vasectomy reversal success rate is the length of time since the initial vasectomy was performed. Generally, the shorter this time, the greater the chance of success. Our recent audits on our vasectomy reversal success rates have shown that if the initial procedure was performed between 3 months and 7 years ago, you will have a 98% vasectomy reversal success rate (if you are also aged 30 or under.

The vasectomy reversal success rate then moves to 90% when the length of time since the initial procedure is between 3 months and 10 years ago (f you are aged over 31. Our audits also show that if your initial procedure was between 11 to 20 years ago, the success rate will be 80%, and finally, if you had your vasectomy reversal 21 years or more ago, you will have a 50% success rate. We have even had successes 30 years over – in fact one of our highest sperm counts ever came from a man who was 35 years post vasectomy.

Number of Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversals Performed

At the Vasectomy Reversal Centre, Mr Harriss performs around 500 vasectomy reversals per year. Mr Harriss is the leading surgeon for performing vasectomy reversals in the BMI Healthcare group of 66 hospitals.

Surgical Training

Often assumed but this means that the surgeon is a properly trained surgeon, has completed surgical exams and is listed on the specialist register of the GMC. This gives them the right to call themselves “Mr” as opposed to “Dr”. Mr Harriss completed 15 years of surgical training and maintains a consultant urological post at the Nottingham City Hospital.  In his free time, he has 3-4 operating lists a week where he performs micro-surgical vasectomy reversals on men from all corners of the UK, Europe and further afield.

If you have any questions about what you have read or about having a vasectomy reversal, please do contact us on 0845 9011 891.