A vasectomy is a simple surgical procedure that eliminates a man’s ability to cause pregnancy by fertilizing a woman’s egg with his sperm. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens tubes that carry sperm from the scrotum are blocked or cut to prevent sperm from leaving the body through the penis during ejaculation.
Sperm is made in the testicles, then travels through two tubes called the vas deferens. As it moves through the vas deferens, the sperm mixes with other fluids and makes semen. Semen itself does not cause pregnancy; it must contain healthy sperm.
A vasectomy reversal procedure reconnects the severed ends of the vas deferens or removes the blockage created in the tubes during a vasectomy. That allows sperm to leave the testicles and combine with seminal fluid again.
Vasectomies are meant to be a permanent birth control method. While a vasectomy procedure is reversible, that doesn't guarantee restored fertility. Nevertheless, 80% of vasectomy reversals also restore fertility.
It may be possible to reverse your vasectomy even if you had the procedure a long time ago. While a vasectomy reversal is more difficult than the original procedure, it’s still considered minimally-invasive, and the urologists at Summit Urology are highly-skilled experts with years of experience.
There are two common techniques used to reverse a vasectomy:
Six to eight weeks after your vasectomy reversal procedure, your doctor will evaluate your semen under a microscope. If sperm is present in your sample, the vasectomy reversal was a success.
Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about vasectomy reversal and reproductive options available through at Summit Urology today.