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Reversal Success Rates

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After asking about cost, the most common question which the couple seeking infomation about a vas 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 pregancy.

The three factors that must be understood by the couple having a vas reversal are: The number of years since the vasectomy was performed, patency (are there sperm  in the ejaculate after the reversal), and achieving pregancy. In general the closer you are to having had a vasectomy the better your chances of patency and pregnancy.
Vasectomy Reversal Success Rate:

Less than 3 years  Patency 97% Pregnancy 76%

3-8 years             Patency 88% Pregnancy 53%

9-14 years           Patency 79% Pregancy 44%

Greater than 15 years Patency 71% Pregancy 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.

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 desparity between patent and pregnant.

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.

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. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Morgan Meeks
Morgan Meeks
05/09/2022
I went in to see Dr McHugh for a vasectomy, of course a little nervous about the procedure and aftercare. But the level of professionalism with everyone at this office is something many other healthcare places should learn from. He explained everything in detail and even during the procedure and really made sure I was comfortable which is something that made it a much more easier experience for me. Was in and out in about 30min. It's been three days now and I've not had to take any pain medicines and was no where close to needing any, they definitely know what they are doing if your looking to have this done.
Matthew Hicks
Matthew Hicks
02/09/2022
For someone who has a phobia of doctors , they made feel like part of their family. Was totally comfortable the entire time.
Donald Aiken
Donald Aiken
27/08/2022
This was a very easy and painless procedure the Doctor and his assistant was so down to earth and made this an easy Vasectomey to do , I would invite all to get one done by this doctor with all his years of experience it showed.
Alex Carroll
Alex Carroll
13/08/2022
The whole staff were wonderful to deal with. Dr. McHugh was great.
Alex Green
Alex Green
12/08/2022
We went into this Vasectomy procedure not knowing a whole lot of how it worked just knowing we wanted it done. Dr McHugh met with us and walked us step by step through the process and gave us options that really helped meet our needs and budget. We came in for the new option of Nitrous Gas instead of going fully under anesthesia and it went off without a hitch, if you are not anxious about the procedure or just don’t really want to be put under this is an amazing option for you, saves time and money and it allows you to be semi conscious for the procedure so they can check in on you during it. Only took about 15 minutes and post op they give you very explicit instructions and as long as you follow them you will be good to go! No pain and no issues. I would highly recommend the expertise of Dr McHugh and his team there at the Urological/Vasectomy office.
Christopher Allison
Christopher Allison
05/08/2022
Very happy with the service I received from Dr. McHugh. I was nervous going in but he made the whole process very easy and I was in and out in just over 30 minutes. Great doctor and a nice guy, you won't regret choosing Dr. McHugh.
Lawrence Hargrove
Lawrence Hargrove
02/08/2022
Patrick Shelow
Patrick Shelow
30/07/2022
Really can’t speak highly enough about Dr. McHugh’s office. The procedure was very fast and Dr. McHugh explained everything he was doing which brought ease to the entire procedure. I typically have to tell doctors that I need more lidocaine and they brush me off until they can see the original shots did not work. Dr. McHugh took what I said seriously and even stopped to add more through the procedure. Was very nice to be listened to and taken seriously. Recovery has been easy with relatively no pain at all. Something that so many folks dread should take comfort in knowing you’re in good hands by having your procedure preformed in this office.
Zack Helm
Zack Helm
20/07/2022
I recently had a minor complication with a Vasectomy in Ohio and very little feedback from my doctor. I started googling my problem and found Dr. McHugh had graciously given feedback to folks who had the same problem I had across the county. I was so uncomfortable that I decided to give his office a call. His nurse Megan was extremely kind and offered me great advice. Dr. Mchugh even called personally and helped answer all my questions and looked at my test results. The Dr. gained no benefit from helping me at all and quite frankly could have ignored me. I'm so grateful I got to speak with him and would put my full confidence in him performing my vasectomy.
Erik B
Erik B
17/07/2022
Dr. McHugh and staff were Above and Beyond my expectations, Vasectomy was quick and painless and recovery with the provided “Instructions for after your Vasectomy” worked out well, only experienced some minor soreness that went away after the 2nd day. Thank you.

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