Most Common Vasectomy Reversal Question
Vasectomy Reversal Success Rate: In addition to concerns regarding cost, the most common question the couple seeking information about a vasectomy reversal is, ” What is the success rate?” This question is tricky and the answer is, “Well it depends.” When one inquires about success there are several factors to take into account and the particulars of each will vary from patient to patient. There are three primary factors that are important in the success of a vas reversal. In addition to these factors one must also remember that there are variables that pertain to the female. In other words, if everything has been done right and the male’s factors are maximized, there is still the possibility that there may be an issue of the female that will thwart pregnancy.
Three Factors Influence Vasectomy Reversal Success
The three factors that are important to vasectomy reversal success are: The number of years since the vasectomy was performed, the experience and skill of the surgeon, and the findings at the time of the procedure. The details and an explanation of each of these factors will be discussed at the time of the vasectomy reversal phone consultation. A thorough discussion with pictures can be found in Dr. McHugh’s eBook about Vasectomy Reversals.
Vasectomy Reversal Success Rates:
Less than 3 years Patency 97% Pregnancy 76%
3-8 years Patency 88% Pregnancy 53%
9-14 years Patency 79% Pregnancy 44%
Greater than 15 years Patency 71% Pregnancy 30%
Belker AM, et al. Results of 1,469 microsurgical vasectomy reversals by the Vasovasostomy Study Group. Journal of Urology 1991; 145(3):505-11.
Other Reversal Success Factors
So you see the answer to the question, ” What is the success rate?” is a complicated one. If the male after a vas reversal has sperm in his ejaculate, that does not necessarily mean that the couple will achieve pregnancy. The time it takes for sperm to regain its former motility varies as well. Then of course as a backdrop to all of these issues are the normal impediments to pregnancy that all couples face. This is why in the chart above you see the disparity between patent and pregnant.
Free Vasectomy Reversal Phone Consult
Our office will be happy to schedule a free consultation in order to discuss other issues. Doing the procedure in our ambulatory surgery center not only makes it more convenient than having it done at a hospital, it dramatically reduces the cost.
Complimentary Hotel Stay
Finally, if you live outside of the north Georgia area and prefer not to travel after the procedure, we will happily provide accommodations for you at a nearby hotel.