If you had a vasectomy in the past but have since changed your mind about having children, you might want to consider undergoing vasectomy reversal surgery. Around 95% of men who have had a vasectomy will be able to have it reversed successfully, and alternative options are available for the small percentage of men who experience more complex issues such as low sperm count, insufficient vans deferens remaining, or a rupture of the epididymis tube. Before undergoing a vasectomy reversal, you’ll need to have a consultation with your surgeon to determine the best options for you. Here are some important questions to ask:
How Long Will Recovery Take?
In general, it takes a maximum of around six weeks to fully recover from a vasectomy reversal. However, every man is different, so it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor to get a more personalized time-frame. There are several factors which may cause your recovery time to be longer than average, such as age, general health, and even the skill of the surgeon who carried out the vasectomy. Your doctor will be able to provide you with tailored advice on how to speed up your recovery safely.
What are My Chances of Fathering a Child?
It can be difficult to tell how successful you’ll be at becoming a dad before the procedure is carried out; this is usually determined by sperm tests after some weeks have passed. However, certain pre-existing factors can give you a clearer idea of your potential success rate. For example, the amount of time that has passed between the vasectomy and reversal procedures will make a big difference – men who wait just three years have a pregnancy success rate of almost 70%, which drops to just 30% for those with a fifteen-year gap or longer.
How Soon Can I?
It’s important to ask your doctor how long you should wait after the procedure before resuming your day-to-day activities. In most cases, men can return to work after one week, but may need to wait longer if their job involves heavy physical labor. Your doctor will also advise you on how long to wait before you can drive. More importantly, if you’re planning on trying to conceive as quickly as possible after your vasectomy is reversed, be sure that you have the all-clear from your doctor before you engage in sexual activity. Most surgeons recommend waiting at least two weeks.
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