Vasectomy Reversal: Patient Expectations

The vasectomy reversal is a complex surgery that you can opt for if you changed your mind about after the vasectomy procedure. You should know what to expect from such a surgery, so that you can decide if this is a suitable solution for you. Reports show that over 50% of vasectomy reversal surgeries are successful.

Post Surgery Expectations

Firstly, you should know what to do immediately after the surgery. The vasectomy reversal surgery will require anesthesia, so you will be sedated. The procedure may be done on an outpatient basis, but someone should take you home and administer pain medication. During the first 24 hours, you should lie down and avoid extensive periods of standing up or walking. You will have to change the dressing. Swelling and bruising are normal after the surgery, but should subside after 7 to 10 days. You can expect full recovery 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery. You will be advised to take a few days off work, to be able to recover.

You will have to get a supporter or a pair of special briefs to wear during the first weeks of your recovery to give the necessary support for the testicles. Wear the supporter or the briefs even after the surgery incisions are completely healed, if you are doing sports. However, you should avoid activities such as horseback riding, biking, motorcycling or lifting heavy stuff (over 30 lbs).

Infections can occur at the incision sites. Make sure you visit your surgeon with any concerns or if you suspect an infection. You should be alarmed if you notice unusual swelling after the surgery. Fever or blood in the urine should also be potential signs something is wrong. The sexual activity can be started approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the vasectomy reversal; however, your partner may not get pregnant right away. It is indicated that you have sexual intercourse once every 2 days, which will allow the sperm flow to be normal and the sperm to be of high quality.

Long Term Expectations

The vasectomy reversal procedures have an overall of 50% success rate. The success rate in your case may depend on several factors including:

  • The skills and experience of the surgeon
  • How the previous vasectomy procedure has been performed
  • Your lifestyle after the surgery

If your surgery is successful, you may be able to have children after the vasectomy reversal surgery. However, don’t expect to be able to do this immediately after the surgery. It will take between 3 to 9 months to start producing viable sperm and to have a normal sperm count that can result in the pregnancy of your partner.

If your surgery is not successful, you should discuss your options with the surgeon or a fertility specialist. You may be eligible for an additional vasectomy reversal surgery or other alternative fertility treatments.