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120 Trinity Place
Athens, GA 30607


Phone: (706) 543-2718
Fax: (706) 353-3709

120 Trinity Place
Athens, Georgia 30607

(706) 543-2718

Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy reversal (vasovasostomy) is a surgical procedure for men with prior vasectomy that reconstructs the vas deferens to allow sperm to travel from the testicles to the seminal fluid. Vasectomy is a procedure to achieve permanent male sterility, but on occasion a patient’s life situation changes, and he would like to have children. Vasectomy reversal is a more cost-effective means to achieve the goal of pregnancy than the various reproductive medicine techniques used to implant sperm into the female egg.

Indications

  • Men who have previously undergone vasectomy

Procedure

The patient is taken to the operating room, given general anesthesia, and the cut ends of the vas deferens are mobilized. With high-powered magnification, the vas deferens is reconstructed using numerous sutures, which are smaller than hair. This procedure is performed on both the right and the left sides, and after recovering from anesthesia, the patient is able to go home later that day.

Advantages

  • Outpatient surgery
  • Excellent success rate and low complications
  • Less expensive means to achieve pregnancy than sperm harvest and In-vitro fertilization (IVF) or Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

Side Effects

Following surgery on the scrotum, there will be swelling that may last several weeks to resolve. It may also take several months for the testicles to begin producing sperm adequate for fertilization.