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A vasectomy is one of the most commonly performed medical procedures. Low risk and with a fast recovery time, it is almost 100 percent effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Most men and their partners are perfectly content once it is performed, but there are a small percentage of people who have a change of heart. In these cases, vasectomy reversal is an option. Dr. Jonathan Lazare, a board-certified urologist and a renowned expert in men’s sexual health, safely and routinely performs this procedure in his Brooklyn, NY office. Find out more about what is involved and whether a vasectomy reversal may be the best course of action in your particular case.
In terms of safe, reliable forms of birth control, a vasectomy is one of the common options. The procedure involves making a small incision or puncture in the upper part of the scrotum and removing the vas deferens, which carries semen from the testicles. Once this tube is disconnected, each of the ends are then sealed, it is returned to the scrotum, and the incision is closed. The procedure generally takes 10 to 30 minutes and you should be able to return to your usual activities within a week or so.
In a vasectomy reversal, the vas deferens is microscopically reconnected. Performed under local or general anesthesia in Dr. Lazare’s office, it is generally done on both sides to increase the chances of future conception and has up to a 90 percent success rate. Recovery time with a vasectomy reversal is similar to that of a vasectomy:
- You will want to rest and apply ice to the area to reduce swelling the first few days;
- You can resume moderate physical activity generally within one week;
- You can resume sexual activity, including ejaculation, within two weeks;
- Within three to six months, the sperm will be strong enough that conception is an option.
Men typically pursue getting a vasectomy as a permanent procedure, generally after already having children or making a decision in favor of remaining childless. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), between three and six percent of those who do undergo it eventually decide to get a vasectomy reversal. Among the most common reasons include:
- Changes in perspective or lifestyle, making fatherhood more desirable;
- Changes in financial status, making children a more viable option;
- The tragic loss of a child and wanting to have more children with a current partner;
- Going through a divorce and wanting children in your new relationship.
There is also a condition called post vasectomy pain syndrome, which a vasectomy reversal can help address. Dr. Lazare can review your symptoms and advise you on the available options in terms of relief.
To find out more about vasectomy reversal, reach out to Lazare Urology. Our experienced, board-certified urologist can explain all of the available options and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Call or contact Dr. Lazare’s office online and request a consultation today.