What is Vasovasostomy?
Vasovasostomy is a surgical procedure that reverses a vasectomy. Vasovasostomy is commonly referred to as a vasectomy reversal and is used to restore fertility in men. This surgical procedure reconnects the vas deferens, which are the tubes that carry sperm from a man’s testicles to the urethra.
Benefits of Vasovasostomy
Vasovasostomy is a viable option for men seeking fertility restoration. Fertility rates following the procedure depend on a variety of factors, including the number of years since the vasectomy and the skill of the surgeon. That being said, the success rate for standard vasectomy reversals is about 50-80%, depending on age and other factors.
The procedure may also reduce the risk of testicular cancer and the risk of low sperm count. It is important to note that the procedure is most effective within 10 years of the initial vasectomy. After this time, there is a greater risk of technical failure, meaning that even though the procedure is successful, there is often a very low amount of viable sperm produced.
What Does a Vasovasostomy Procedure Involve?
The procedure is typically done with general anesthesia and takes about two hours. The surgeon makes a small incision on both sides of the scrotum, then locates and exposes the vas deferens. Next, the surgeon uses a microscope to carefully make cuts near the ends of the vas deferens.
Once the ends are cut, the surgeon stitches the ends of the vas deferens together using absorbable sutures. An ultrasound is used to help ensure that the ends are properly connected. After the ends are stitched together, the incisions are closed with additional sutures.
Recovery After a Vasovasostomy
After the procedure, the patient is advised to wear tight-fitting underwear to help reduce swelling and discomfort. The patient’s activity level should be reduced in the first few weeks, and it is important to avoid any physical activities that involve lifting or straining. The incisions will heal within two to three weeks, but recovery can take up to two months.
During recovery, it is important to practice safe sex and to use birth control until a semen analysis is performed. This will help to avoid any potential pregnancies while the vasectomy reversal is taking place.
Vasovasostomy is a surgical procedure that is designed to restore fertility in men who have undergone a vasectomy. The success rate of the procedure is approximately 50-80%, depending on the patient’s age and other factors. If a man is within 10 years of a vasectomy, it is important to consider this procedure for fertility restoration.