If 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 what the risks and success rates are.
How it works
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.
At The Vasectomy Reversal Centre, our qualified urological surgeon has 17 years’ experience of performing reversal procedures, performing an average of around 500 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 experienced hands.
The general anaesthetic and the skill of our resident surgeon 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. 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.