For men who decide to seek a reversing vasectomy operation there are many things to consider and a reversing vasectomy is not a decision to be taken lightly. The dangers of reversal, the cost, the success rate of future fertility and recovery and complications are all questions that need to be asked and carefully evaluated before committing to this operation. A frank discussion with a partner regarding a reversal should be the first step in making this crucial decision.

Cost of reversing vasectomy

The surgery to restore fertility is more complicated than the initial sterilization surgery. The length of time from the original vasectomy to the reversal can increase the cost dramatically. The reason for this is that over long periods other blockages can occur in the epididymis and a straight reconnect of the severed vas deferens is impossible. A bypass from the epididymis is involved and this can lead to a more complicated and costly surgery and a lower success rate. It is almost impossible for a doctor to determine ahead of time if the surgery will be a simple vas-to-vas reconnect or a more uncertain bypass issue. With this in mind, the cost varies greatly and will range from $4000 to around $15,000. Many sources provide different averages, but a generally accepted average is around $8000. It is also important to note that while most insurance companies cover a traditional vasectomy, they will not cover a reversing vasectomy.

Reversing vasectomy and fertility success rate

TReversing vasectomyhe ability to deliver sperm successfully depends largely on the type of surgery necessary. There are two popular vasectomy reversal options: vas deferens reconnect and epididymis bypass. A straight vas-to-vas reconnect has quotes of fertility restoration as high as 90%. The various bypass methods are closer to 60% and some men even receive a combination surgery where each side receives a different method. For these dual reversals, it is generally in approximately 75% of cases that sperm is found. The number of couples successfully achieving pregnancy within two years of a reversing vasectomy hovers around 50%. It practically is the same as flipping a coin!

Recovery and complications of reversing vasectomy

For a straightforward reversal with no unexpected operational surprises, most men recover in one to two weeks. This is not much longer than a regular vasectomy. The complications that can arise from a reversing vasectomy are similar to the risks for a standard vasectomy. Bruising, bleeding, swelling, wound infection, pain and discomfort, and damage to the spermatic cord or testicle itself. Most of these complications (if they occur at all) are minor and resolve themselves quickly.

A reversing vasectomy is a popular choice for couples because it means the genes of both parents will be represented in a child. This may not be possible for some men and there are many vasectomy reversal alternatives if it proves impossible to reverse. For men in good health who wish to restore fertility or seek a reversal for religious reasons, a reversal may prove to be a simple solution, but the costs should still be considered. Having a baby may seem important but it should never be at the cost of the parent's health or plummet the family into a spiral of unending debt. This is why a decision should be made by both partners in a relationship when possible. The potential of recovery and complication problems should never be ignored.

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