Perhaps you got a vasectomy in the past because you didn’t want to worry about having children. Now some time has passed and you’re regretting that decision. Maybe you’ve met a special someone that has changed your mind, or maybe your partner and yourself have decided that you want to have another child. Well, did you know that you can get a vasectomy reversal? We will explain the process and how we can help.
Vasectomy Stats and Facts
Before you can reverse your vasectomy, you need to get one in the first place. We have talked about vasectomies before, and Dr. Mistry has explained the process in our video here. For a brief overview, remember that a vasectomy is a surgery that blocks the tubes that transport sperm from the testicles.Vasectomies are incredibly common, yet many people put off getting a vasectomy due to second guessing and fear. Yes, getting surgery down there can be scary, but if your goal is to not father children, then it is the best option. There are many important statistics and facts to keep in mind when it comes to vasectomies:
- Every year 500,000 men get vasectomies
- Around 50 million men have gotten vasectomies
- Only 1 to 2 women out of 1,000 will get pregnant in the year following their partners’ vasectomy
- The surgery only takes 15-30 minutes
- Only 10% of men face vasectomy surgery complications, all of which are minor
- 30% of men report improved sexuality after a vasectomy
- The overall failure rate is 0.15%
- 40% of couples considering permanent birth control have experienced a failure with a temporary method (condoms, diaphragm, etc)
Vasectomies are often incredibly effective, and clearly a common choice among men. At North Austin Urology, Dr. Mistry performs the surgery with the no needle, no scalpel vasectomy (NSV) technique. The surgery is performed with intravenous sedation in a carefully monitored and safe environment, and these factors result in the least amount of anxiety and discomfort in patients.
The point of a vasectomy reversal is pretty self explanatory. You are undoing the surgery that was previously done. So, how is this possible? A vasectomy reversal reattaches the tubes that were detached during the vasectomy, and reconnects the pathway for the sperm to get back to the semen. The vasectomy reversal usually takes around 2-4 hours, followed by a brief recovery, and then you can go home.
But the longer you wait to get a vasectomy reversal, the less likely it is to be effective. Reversals are more successful during the first 10 years after vasectomy, so if you wait 10+ years the success of the operation can’t be guaranteed. When a lot of time has passed after a vasectomy, additional blockages can form, and some men develop antibodies to their own sperm. But although you have up to 10 years after your vasectomy to get a reversal, the best results occur when you get a reversal within 3 years of your vasectomy. Also, after waiting 10 years to get a vasectomy reversal, the chances of getting someone pregnant go down to 30%, as opposed to the 50% if you get one under 10 years.
Re-cooperating After Surgery
After a vasectomy reversal it is important, as it is for any surgery, to take it easy for a little while. According to the Urology Care Foundation:
- 50 out of 100 men say the pain after the reversal is like after their vasectomy
- 25 out of 100 say the pain is less than after the vasectomy
- 25 out of 100 say the pain is greater than after the vasectomy
You will need to take medication for a couple days to a week, but after that you will be able to resume your normal routine. However, most doctors recommend abstaining from sex from 2-3 weeks. After the reversal it may take some time to be able to get your partner pregnant. As previously mentioned, the amount of time between your vasectomy and the reversal could impact your ability to impregnate your partner. The longer you wait to get a reversal, the long it can take to impregnate your partner. If it has been a while it could take years to get someone pregnant, but if it has been less than 10 years it could only take a couple months.
Contact Armor Men’s Health
The staff at Armor Men’s Health and North Austin Urology are experienced in both vasectomies and vasectomy reversals. As previously mentioned, we offer a no-needle, no-scalpel procedure which results in less pain, quicker recovery and has the lowest risk of long term complications. Most of our procedures can be performed with only one small incision and you can have the procedure done any day of the week. We also offer IV sedation, with which many men sleep through the entire procedure and there is no additional cost.
Our doctors have performed thousands of vasectomies and provide the absolute most minimally-invasive, technologically advanced procedure available. You can schedule the procedure and the consultation in one visit. We accept almost every type of insurance. If you do not have insurance, our cash pay price is $800 and it includes everything you will need including the examination of your semen after the procedure.
For more information, questions, or to schedule an appointment please call us at (512) 238-0762 or fill out the contact sheet here.