Vasectomy Reversal (Vasovasostomy)
A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of Reference birth control Opens New Window. Vasectomy reversal (vasovasostomy) reconnects the tubes (Reference vas deferens Opens New Window) that were cut during a Reference vasectomy Opens New Window.
Vasectomy reversal is usually an outpatient procedure (without an overnight stay in the hospital). Reference Spinal or general anesthesia Opens New Window is commonly used to ensure that you stay completely still during the surgery.
The chances of vasectomy reversal success depend on how much time has passed between the vasectomy and the reversal. Over time, additional blockages can form, and some men develop Reference antibodies Opens New Window to their own sperm.
The surgery is more complicated and takes more time when blockage between the vas deferens and the Reference epididymis Opens New Window requires correction (vasoepididymostomy).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology