Before proceeding with vasectomy reversal surgery, many patients have questions about the cost of the procedure and coverage for these procedures by traditional insurance plans. Most insurance plans will not cover the cost of a vasectomy reversal but it never hurts to find out if coverage for the preoperative work up, anesthesia, or surgery center will be covered. Many people now have employer funded health savings accounts. Particularly if you contribute to this account, you may be able to use this money for all or part of the procedure. These health savings accounts give you more purchasing power since they are pretax dollars.
The average cost for vasectomy reversal in the United States is around $10,000. The range is $6,000 to $15,000 depending on the area of the country, the length of the procedure, the type of anesthesia used, and they type of procedure required to reunite the sperm producing testis with the rest of the reproductive system. While a general anesthetic is more expensive, the results for vasectomy reversal done under a general anesthetic are better than those done with local anesthesia and sedation, so this is often worth the expense.
In calculating the cost of the vasectomy reversal, it is also important to remember that use of a microscope gives the best results. Though there may be an additional charge, or a specialist who uses the microscope may be more expensive, these are important to the overall success of the endeavor. A number of procedures require a vasoepididymostomy rather than the easier to perform vasovasotomy. The more complicated procedure involves sewing the vas deferens into the epididymus and may require a longer operating room time which will also increase costs.
Also use caution in your search for a surgeon to perform the vasectomy reversal. Look at training and success rates as well as cost. Frequently surgeons who want to increase their experience will offer money back guarantees to entice patient to use their services.
Financing options for vasectomy reversal are numerous. Ask about this up front on your first contact with the surgeon's office. Some physicians will have financing arrangements built in to their business procedures. Others will be able to refer you to an agency that will verify your credit and help you with a financing plan which will fit your budget. Be careful to explore these options before you spend money on a consultation fee with the physician.