What is Vasectomy Reversal?
In general, a vasectomy is performed when a man decides that he no longer wants to be able to have children. However, people and circumstances change over time, and there are several factors which may affect your decision and cause you to have a change of heart in the future. If you have had a vasectomy in the past and have recently decided that you’d like to become a father, you may want to consider undergoing a vasectomy reversal procedure. Read on to find out more about what to expect from this procedure.
How is a Vasectomy Reversed?
A vasectomy reversal procedure can be done using one of two different methods. The first and most popular option is through vasovasostomy, a procedure where the surgeon sews the tubes, or vas deferens, back together from the testes to the penis. The vas deferens transports sperm from the testes to the penis, where it is ejaculated during sexual intercourse. The second method is known as vasoepididymostomy, which is more complex and involves the vas deferens being attached to a small organ at the back of each testicle, which contains sperm. The latter option tends to be reserved for men who are unlikely to experience success with vasovasostomy.
What Does the Procedure Include?
Vasectomy reversal procedures are typically carried out in a hospital or clinic. During the procedure, you will be given anesthesia to ensure that you are not conscious throughout. The entire procedure will usually last for around two to four hours, and most men will return home the same day. In general, the recovery takes around two weeks, although you should allow around six weeks to resume life as normal.
Who Should Consider the Procedure?
If you’ve had a vasectomy in the past but have had a change of heart regarding your family life, you may want to consider having the procedure reversed. Vasectomy reversal is usually considered by men who have changed their mind about becoming a father or adding to their family, along with men who have experienced the loss of a child after undergoing the procedure. A small percentage of men may find vasectomy reversal useful for relieving pain in the testicles and groin area caused by a past vasectomy.
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