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Is a Vasectomy Reversible?

Getting a vasectomy is one of the most personal decisions any man or couple can make. Fortunately, it is usually reversible. Esteemed urologist, Dr. Mark J. Kelly can answer all your questions about this important issue at his office in Santa Monica, California. He can also discuss a vasectomy reversal to reconnect the vas deferens that carries the sperm, enabling you to get your partner pregnant.

Types of vasectomy reversals

Dr. Kelly performs minimally invasive, no-scalpel vasectomies, requiring merely a small puncture with no stitches. Reversing a vasectomy is a bit more complicated. Approximately 10% of men decide to reverse their vasectomies. Dr. Kelly reverses your vasectomy in two ways, using microsurgery techniques and more.

Vasovasostomy

Dr. Kelly reconnects the vas deferens from the testes to the penis during a vasovasostomy. You will be asleep under anesthesia during this two- to four-hour operation.

Vasoepididymostomy

Although a vasovasostomy is usually preferred, Dr. Kelly may perform a vasoepididymostomy to reverse your vasectomy. During your surgery, Dr. Kelly decides whether he needs to do this more complicated procedure, depending upon your particular requirements.

What to expect

Dr. Kelly performs this outpatient procedure while you are asleep under general anesthesia. You return home the same day. He asks you to refrain from eating or drinking the night before your vasectomy reversal surgery to minimize any complications.

Success rate and follow-up

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), only a urologist experienced in microsurgical techniques should perform the more complex vasoepididymostomy. Since the success rate of your surgery depends greatly upon the training and precision of your surgeon, you’re in terrific hands with Dr. Kelly. 

Even after your original vasectomy, you never stop making sperm. So your fertility remains intact. Various factors affect your potential for future pregnancies, such as: 

Reasons for reversing a vasectomy

There are many reasons patients reverse their vasectomies, including:

Following your procedure

After your vasectomy reversal surgery, Dr. Kelly bandages your incisions. Your stitches dissolve over the next ten days or so. Following your surgery, Dr. Kelly recommends you: 

Dr. Kelly, aka the “Doctor’s Urologist,” gladly answers all your questions about choosing or reversing a vasectomy or any other urological concerns. Simply call our Santa Monica office or book your consultation online today. 

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