Even though men are strongly encouraged to consider a vasectomy as permanent contraception, circumstances can change. There are many reasons why a man would choose to undergo a vasectomy reversal – perhaps you’re enjoying a new marriage or relationship and wish to have children, or maybe there are complications stemming from the original vasectomy procedure that need to be corrected. (Learn how to find a qualified, experienced vasectomy/vasectomy reversal surgeon here.)
Regardless of your motivation, it is possible to reserve a vasectomy – five, 10 or even 15 years after the original procedure. A very important part of getting a reversal underway is to find the right reversal surgeon to assist (see above). Once you find someone you are confident with, then you can schedule a consultation and ask any questions you have prior to the procedure appointment. We’ve highlighted some of the top FAQs men have asked regarding a vasectomy reversal.
What is your vasectomy reversal success rate?
Of course, this will vary from one physician to another. Dr. Martin Bastuba, for example, has a reversal success rate of 98%, with a pregnancy rate post-reversal between 65% and 75%. Your physician should be able to provide this information during a consultation.
Will the procedure be painful? What can I expect recovery to be like?
Any possible discomfort during the procedure will likely match your original vasectomy experience – provided that your surgeon was trained/experienced. Soreness is to be expected, with most men treating this with over-the-counter pain relief medication (ibuprofen) and a cold compress gently applied to the groin area a few times a day. If you find that your post-procedure discomfort is moderate to severe, your physician can potentially offer a prescription to relieve the discomfort.
How long does it take to get pregnant after the procedure?
This can vary from patient to patient, with some finding that pregnancy is achieved within weeks and others taking a year or so.
I have more questions about getting a vasectomy reversal; what should I do next?
If you have additional questions, we kindly ask that you visit Dr. Bastuba’s FAQ page dedicated to the procedure. Next, we recommend that you schedule a consultation (when ready) to discuss the procedure.