How safe is vasectomy reversal?

how safe is vasectomy reversalIf you had a vasectomy earlier in life and now wish you could reverse the procedure, to be able to father children of your own, you’re not alone. A surprising amount of vasectomy patients end up later reversing the procedure, and the number who are curious enough to enquire about the process is much higher than that. Here we’ll outline what the process involves and go through how safe a vasectomy reversal is.

How Safe Is Vasectomy Reversal?

At The Vasectomy Reversal Centre, following initial consultations, the process takes place during one overnight stay. The patient is put under general anaesthetic. Our surgeon makes one single incision in the scrotal sac, finds the ends of the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm), and rejoins them with a process called single-layer technique, which ensures the best possible chance of conception after the patient has recovered from the operation.


The BMI Park Hospital will contact you for a telephone consultation and address the question of how safe is vasectomy reversal procedure with them. They will talk through any concerns that you may have and reassure you that you will be in safe and experienced hands.

On the day of surgery, should there by a problem with your health, you have the safety net of a fully equipped ITU and staff to assist you if necessary. In over 20 years, only two people have needed this attention and both went home the next day.

Experience counts

At The Vasectomy Reversal Centre, Mr Harriss is a qualified urological surgeon withs 20 years’ experience of performing reversal procedures, performing an average of over 400 per year, with an excellent success rate: live sperm has been found to be present in 98% of operated patients after the process has been undergone ( within 7 years of the original vasectomy). Put simply, you have the benefit of significant experience.

People ask how safe is vasectomy reversal even though it is under a general anaesthetic but our anaesthetist regularly audits his own care to ensure that the optimum anaesthesia is given to patients, refining his own technique.

Speedy recovery

The general anaesthetic and the skill of Mr Harriss mean that the whole process is entirely painless, although you’ll need to take it easy for a week or so before you’re fully recovered after the operation. People ask how safe is a vasectomy reversal but you need to know that our aftercare procedures are rigorous and we check in regularly after the treatment to make sure everything is going as it should.

Proof of conception

So, the operation is reliable, but what about your chances of fathering children? The news there is promising, too. Recent published research shows couples with less than 20% motility after a vasectomy reversal at three months, have a 19% chance of achieving pregnancy; and those with more than 20% motility have a 53% chance of conceiving within two years.

Reversing a vasectomy may sound like a daunting prospect, but at The Vasectomy Reversal Centre, the reality is reliable, safe and painless. Contact us for more information.