Vasectomy reversal | BMIHealthcare UK
Home  Bullet Treatments  Bullet Urology  Bullet Vasectomy reversal

Vasectomy reversal

What is reversing a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is meant to be a permanent method of male contraception. Reversing a vasectomy is a procedure to rejoin the tubes or vas deferens that were cut during a vasectomy. For many reasons, men seek to have this procedure to regain their fertility.

What are the benefits of surgery?

The aim of rejoining the tubes is to allow sperm to mix with your semen, making you fertile again.

Vasectomy reversal  

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Couples may consider fertility techniques such as IVF/ICSI (in vitro fertilisation). This involves an operation on the male partner to retrieve sperm and the female partner to retrieve eggs after hormonal stimulation. Any embryos are transferred to the female partner at a second operation. This can be arranged if the Vasectomy Reversal is unsuccessful.

Who can have a Vasectomy Reversal?

All men who have had a vasectomy are eligible for a reversal operation regardless of the technique used to do the vasectomy. The best results are reported from clinics that perform a high number of cases per year.

What does the operation involve?

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 2 hours. The surgeon rejoins the cut tubes or vas deferens on both sides. It may be performed using a microscope, as this methods enables precise surgery and increases the chances of a successful outcome. The micro-surgical procedure is available in a limited number of hospitals, so please contact us for more details.

Your surgeon will usually make one cut in the centre of your scrotum.

What complications can happen?

  • Pain – mild discomfort controlled with a painkiller such as paracetamol 
  • Bruising – this should only be minor and will resolve by itself 
  • Infection – these are usually minor and if present, respond well to antibiotics

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home within 24 hours, but you will need someone to drive you. You should be able to return to work after a week.

It is best to avoid exercise, heavy duties and sex for 2 weeks after the operation.

About three months after the operation, your doctor will ask you to give a sample of your semen. The sample will be tested to find out if there are any sperm present which indicates a successful procedure.

What is the success rate?

You should ask your surgeon for his/her individual success rates as these vary according to experience.

If the operation fails and you and your partner still want a baby, you should discuss the alternatives with your doctor.

Summary

Reversing a vasectomy is an operation to rejoin the tubes that carry sperm from your testicles. It may make you fertile again.

Enquiry Button

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Duncan Harriss DM FRCS(Urol), Consultant Urological Surgeon, BMI The Park Hospital, Nottingham

 
Treatments Consultants
  • Choose from the list
    By postcode and town
  • Choose from the list
    By postcode and town
All treatment near you:
BMI Albyn Hospital Aberdeen
BMI The Alexandra Hospital Cheadle
BMI Bath Clinic Bath
BMI The Beardwood Hospital Blackburn
BMI The Beaumont Hospital Bolton
BMI Bishops Wood Hospital Northwood
BMI The Blackheath Hospital London
BMI The Cavell Hospital Enfield, London
BMI The Chaucer Hospital Canterbury
BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital Orpington
BMI The Chiltern Hospital Great Missenden
BMI City Medical London
BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital Harrow
BMI Coombe Wing Kingston upon Thames
BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital Droitwich Spa
BMI The Duchy Hospital Harrogate
BMI The Edgbaston Hospital Birmingham
BMI The Esperance Hospital Eastbourne
BMI Evesham outreach clinic Evesham
BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital Longfield
BMI Fernbrae Hospital Dundee
BMI The Foscote Hospital Banbury
BMI The Garden Hospital Hendon
BMI Gisburne Park Hospital Gisburn
BMI Goring Hall Hospital Goring-by-Sea
BMI The Hampshire Clinic Basingstoke
BMI The Harbour Hospital Poole
BMI The Highfield Hospital Rochdale
BMI The Huddersfield Hospital Huddersfield
BMI The Kings Oak Hospital Enfield, London
BMI Kings Park Hospital Stirling
BMI The Lancaster Hospital Lancaster
BMI The Lincoln Hospital Lincoln
BMI The London Independent Hospital London
BMI The Manor Hospital Bedford
BMI The Meriden Hospital Coventry
BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital Guildford
BMI The Paddocks Clinic Princes Risborough
BMI The Park Hospital Nottingham
BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital Windsor
BMI The Priory Hospital Birmingham
BMI The Ridgeway Hospital Swindon
BMI Ross Hall Hospital Glasgow
BMI The Runnymede Hospital Chertsey
BMI The Sandringham Hospital Kings Lynn
BMI Sarum Road Hospital Winchester
BMI The Saxon Clinic Milton Keynes
BMI The Shelburne Hospital High Wycombe
BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital Croydon
BMI The Sloane Hospital Beckenham
BMI The Somerfield Hospital Maidstone
BMI The South Cheshire Private Hospital Crewe
BMI Southend Hospital Westcliff on Sea
BMI St Edmunds Hospital Bury St Edmunds
BMI Sutton Medical Centre Sutton Coldfield
BMI Syon Clinic Brentford
BMI Thornbury Hospital Sheffield
BMI Three Shires Hospital Northampton
BMI Werndale Hospital Carmarthen
BMI The Winterbourne Hospital Dorchester
BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington
Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery
Orthopaedics
Orthopaedics
Women's health
Women's Health
Health assessment
Health Assessment
Weight loss
Weight Loss
Fertility
 
Hospitals | Consultants | Treatments | About BMI | Careers | Site Map | Accessibility | Terms of Use | Privacy
FacebookFoursquareTwitterYouTube