Vasectomy reversal surgery is becoming more and more popular amongst men who have changed their minds about having children in the future. Reversing a vasectomy is safe and effective for most men, but there are still questions that you should before you decide to proceed:
1. Will the vasectomy reversal surgery work for me?
With a qualified and experienced surgeon such as Mr Harriss, your surgery has the very high rate of success. Mr Harriss has had men from 3 months to 35 years attend for a vasectomy reversal. Age is not a factor of success nor is the method of vasectomy that you had. Most men had their vasectomy under a local anaesthetic whereas Mr Harriss will only perform your vasectomy reversal under a general anaesthetic so that you have a better chance of having a successful outcome. To have this detailed microsurgery under a general anaesthetic means that you will have a totally different kind and higher quality type of operation.
2. How long will the recovery time be?
Generally, recovery time will be around 5 to 14 days after the surgery has been completed. Rest is advised (the length of time depends on the individual patient), and those in jobs that involve manual labour should either take time off work or ask for a change in duties while the surgery site heals. So here at The Vasectomy Reversal Centre we ask for one week off work if you re desk based, or two weeks if you have a manual occupation.
3. How long do I need to wait to have sex after my vasectomy reversal surgery?
It is often recommended that those who have undergone vasectomy reversal surgery abstain from sexual activity for around 2 weeks after the surgery, in order that you can heal completely.
4. How long will it be until I am fertile again?
As you will already be producing sperm, you may be fertile from the point at which you resume your sexual relationship. We have had some couples conceive very quickly after the initial two week wait. Others take a little longer. Most couples will know at around 3 months if the surgery has been successful. In the small minority, it can take a period of time for the sperm count to recover. We have had instances of several months before a normal sperm count has resumed and we have documented these on our site.
5. What do I do if the surgery doesn’t work?
After your surgery, you will sent information about how to arrange your own semen test at 3 months. There is no need to return to see Mr Harriss but instead your results will be sent to you. At this time, if there has been no success, Mr Harriss will advise you on the most appropriate course for you.