Vasectomy reversal provides an opportunity for men to once again have the opportunity to have children. Vasectomies themselves are most commonly thought of as permanent procedures. And, that is true for many situations. They can be hard to reverse and as a result should be considered a permanent situation for men. However, vasectomy reversal has improved in recent years.
Now, it is more likely than ever that men will be able to overcome their original procedure to gain back fertility. However, a wide range of factors plays a role in whether or not this will occur.
The Statistics of Vasectomy Reversal
According to statistics, about 500,000 men annually have a vasectomy as a form of birth control. It’s a highly effective way of limiting the ability of a man to be fertile. In fact, only one or two women out of more than 1,000 will become pregnant after a partner has had a vasectomy.
Reversing the procedure is not as easy nor as successful. There are two methods used by urologists to reverse the procedure. If a man has a vasovasostomy, which is the most common form, it is likely to work 85 percent of the time. This leads to about 55 percent of those men impregnating a partner. For those men who have the more complex procedure of vasoepididymostomy, the chances of success are about the same, but can be slightly less. This procedure also takes longer to recover from and as much as 15 months before sperm count is high enough to allow for a higher chance at pregnancy.
Will Vasectomy Reversal Work for You?
Many factors play a role in whether or not you will have a successful outcome. Your urologist will talk to you about this. Some factors that may limit success include:
- Your age, men who are older are less likely to have success
- The skill of the previous doctor
- The ability to remove all scar tissue to allow for a clean reconnection
- How much of the vas was removed during the first procedure
- Your body’s ability to produce sperm
If you are wondering whether or not this procedure could be a good option for your needs, the best step is to schedule a consultation with an urologist to determine what your chances are.
When you are ready, call our offices at 646-862-5500 to schedule a consultation with the best vasectomy reversal doctor in New York.