Length of Time Since Vasectomy
The length of time since a vasectomy is probably the most important factor when trying to estimate the potential for a successful vasectomy reversal procedure. Because there are several important factors that must be taken into consideration, just this one factor will not necessarily determine your success, but research does suggest that the greater the amount of time that has elapsed between the vasectomy and reversal, the lower the chance of successful restoration of fertility.
Skill and Experience of the Surgeon
The skill and expertise of the urologic surgeon is important, and this includes the surgeon who initially performed the vasectomy as well as the surgeon who will attempt to reverse that procedure. The procedure requires special training and experience using microsurgical techniques with a surgical microscope that allows good visualization of the tiny (0.4 millimeter) vas deferens during the operation. Dr. Yaniv Larish is New York’s best vasectomy reversal doctor, and has the experience to give you the best opportunity for a vasectomy reversal.
Restoration of Sperm Count
It will take at least two cycles of sperm production to produce a normal amount of healthy and motile sperm in the semen. Patients will usually have a semen analysis at three to six months after their procedure for vasectomy reversal. Things that can increase the likelihood of successful healthy sperm production include good nutrition and avoiding heat or trauma to the testicles, where sperm is made. Men who have previously had a healthy sperm count are more likely to have a sperm count that returns to normal after their vasectomy reversal. Normal sperm counts vary between individuals, but below a certain percentage of healthy, motile sperm, conception may be difficult.
If you are interested in vasectomy reversal, a consultation with Dr. Larish, New York’s top vasectomy reversal specialist, can help you decide if the procedure is likely to result in restored fertility and conception. While no one can determine the exact outcome before the procedure, it is worthwhile to determine if you have any problems that decrease the likelihood of your success. Call Dr. Larish today at 646-862-5500 for your appointment for a vasectomy reversal consultation. A careful review of factors that impact the likelihood of return of your fertility will allow you to make an informed decision about whether or not you should attempt a vasectomy reversal.