What is a vasectomy reversal?
Vasectomy reversal is the process of reconnecting the tubes that carry sperm from a man’s testicles to his urethra. The operation is designed to allow men who have had vasectomies to resume normal sexual function and, hopefully, conceive children. Vasectomy reversals are highly successful however, there is no guarantee that the procedure will restore fertility.
How is a vasectomy reversal performed?
The procedure can take up to 3 hours and is under a general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make a small incision in the scrotum, find the vas deferens and cut it above and below where it was previously tied or sealed. They will gently open up the tubes and check for sperm in the fluid inside. This shows whether there is any blockage in the tubes where sperm are stored (the epididymis). The tubes will then be reconnected.
How long is the recovery?
Recovery can take up to a month. It is advised to rest for the first week after a vasectomy reversal. Stitches will dissolve around 3 weeks following the procedure, and it is advised to refrain from exercise or sexual intercourse for one month as it may affect the results.