Vasectomy Reversal in Santa Ana, CA
Patients who have previously received a vasectomy will occasionally change their mind later on for a wide variety of reasons. While a vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control, there is a procedure that can reverse it effects.
At OC Urology, our urologists in Orange County possess vast experience in assisting men to assess the potential benefits of a vasectomy reversal. They will carefully review your medical history and reasons for considering the procedure to determine the best course of action for you.
What is Vasectomy Reversal?
A vasectomy procedure involves the cutting of the vas deferens. These tubes are what allows the sperm to travel from a testicle into the semen. During a vasectomy reversal, urologists will reconnect the tubes of the vas deferens in order to restore its connection between the sperm and semen.
The restoration of the vas deferens can be accomplished in two different ways:
- Vasovasostomy: sewing the severed ends of the vas deferens back together
- Vasoepididymostomy: attaching the vas deferens directly to the epididymis, which is the organ that holds a man’s storage of sperm.
Risks of a Vasectomy Reversal
A vasectomy reversal procedure is fairly minimal and is not associated with many side effects. Uncommon complications that can arise from a vasectomy reversal include:
- Persistent pain
- Development of a hematoma within the scrotum
How To Prepare for Vasectomy Reversal?
- You need to be aware that vasectomy reversal procedures can be costly, and it’s important to know how much you will be paying. Verify with your insurance to see if vasectomy reversals are covered.
- You see the best results when this procedure is performed by surgeons who have specialized training in microsurgical techniques. Using advanced techniques can greatly increase the success rates of the procedure.
- More complex repair known as vasoepididymostomy may be required. It is very important to ensure that your surgeon is proficient in performing this procedure if the need arises. OC Urology urologists individually carry over 20 years of experience in handling the complex repairs that may occur.
- When selecting a urologist for your vasectomy reversal, don’t hesitate to ask questions. At OC Urology our urologists are highly experienced, please call our urology clinic in Orange County today to get additional information about the amount of surgeries they have performed.
Chances of Success
A vasectomy reversal will not always be successful. Factors that influence the outcome of a vasectomy reversal are:
- Length of time since vasectomy procedure: the more time that has passed, the less likely the vasectomy reversal will be to work
- Your partner and their age
- Your age
- Prior surgeries near the affected area (hernia, prostate resection, etc.)
After the Vasectomy Reversal
Once a time span of 6 to 8 weeks has passed after the vasectomy reversal, you will attend a follow up appointment to provide a semen sample that our urologists will examine to determine whether or not the procedure was effective.
A Second Attempt
If your first attempt at a vasectomy reversal was unsuccessful, you can still try again. Sometimes, the surgery will prove ineffective due to a blockage that has formed within the vas deferens, or from other various complications.
Each surgeon will have their own vasectomy reversal success rate, which is why it is advised to seek care from OC Urology who has performed several other successful vasectomy reversals.
Schedule a Vasectomy Reversal Consultation
If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal and would like to explore your options, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our experienced urologists at urology clinic in Santa Ana. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards restoring your fertility.