While there is much debate over the effectiveness of reversing a sterilization procedure, many men are opting to undergo a reversal of their vasectomy known as a vasovasotomy. Reversing the male sterilization process, men who choose vasovasotomy seek to continue to have children, risking fertility complications commonly known to exist with the procedure.
If you are a man who is considering the restoration of your fertility, it is important to understand the dynamics associated with vasovasotomy. While vasovasotomy can be a successful procedure, it is not 100 percent effective at restoring fertility for all men.
Unlike a vasectomy, which is traditionally done in the surgeon’s office under a local anesthetic, a vasovasotomy will require more aggressive forms of anesthesia, with a much longer surgical time; as long as two to three hours. Accessing the vasectomy surgical site, through the scrotum, is the method by which the vasovasotomy will be performed.
In the vasovasotomy, the procedure involves reconnecting the previously disconnected vasa deferentia. While one suture may be required, many surgeons opt of double stitching as a way to boost the effectiveness of surgery.
As with the vasectomy, if you choose to undergo the vasovasotomy, you can expect that your recovery time will be as long as one week. In most cases, the pain will subside within three days. Using pain medications, anti-inflammatory and ice packs to the scrotum, many men recovery fully and are able to engage in normal activities within a few days.
After completion of your vasovasotomy, it may take as long as six months for your normal sperm count to be regained and as long as two years for a viable pregnancy to occur. In this case, it is important to discuss your options with a healthcare professional and follow up for appropriate sperm count testing at the six month, post-operative, interval.
While there is very low risk with a vasovasotomy, the greatest health risk is the failure of the procedure to restore male fertility. For this reason, it is important to know what to expect in the weeks and years following your procedure.
As with any fertility or family planning process, always discuss your options with an obstetrician or other family planning specialist. When your only impediment to pregnancy is in the existence of a vasectomy, consider vasovasotomy as an option to restoring male fertility with the knowledge that the procedure, with very low risk, may not be 100 percent effective and may take as long as two years for pregnancy to even be considered.