Now you know!!!
A common question asked is whether the reversal will be harder if clips were used or if the patient was told by the urologist “I took out a section and burned it.”
In the vast majority of cases this has no influence on the microscopic vasectomy procedure.
The procedure is harder if both sides of the vasectomy were done in the vas deferens closest to the testicle-the convoluted vas. This area is smaller in diameter and not straight (convoluted) and this makes the repair a little harder.
Whether clips or burned, there is not difference in how difficult the reversal will be. Having had clips makes the area of the vasectomy easier to locate.
The amount of vas tube removed is usually not an issue unless there is a very large segment removed and this is customarily not done.
Of note, if you have had two vasectomies done, this could be an issue. If you had a complication after the vasectomy, say a large hematoma or infection that had to resolve or be operated on, these may affect the repair. On all unusual issues, be sure to make the reversal doctor aware.
The suture is the size of hair and the vas opening is the size of the O in God on a penny.
Also…12-15 sutures are placed on each side.
And now you know!
It’s your move!!!
Great Doctor. Completely helps you understand what issues you have and actually talks to you with great respect. – S.G.
Thank you very much. You are kind!- John McHugh
- It all starts with the decision to begin the journey that is a vasectomy reversal.
- The procedure is not covered by insurance.
- Success can’t be guaranteed.
- Once the procedure is performed, it takes the testicles about three months to begin producing sperm again.
- If pregnancy occurs, it is usually six to eighteen months after the procedure.
- A lot of things have to come in to place and in many ways a pregnancy is “miracle.”
Many times I have said to the vasectomy reversal couple that you have to begin with the procedure to start the clock. Then live your life… as this is a “patient journey.”