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4 Facts All Men Should Know About Vasectomy Reversals

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Are you considering having a vasectomy reversal? Here are four important factors to consider before you undergo this surgery and how to find the right surgeon to ensure the highest rate of success.

A vasectomy reversal is a surgery that is carried out to undo a vasectomy. Typically, it is done on an outpatient basis and under general anaesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon will reconnect each tube that carries the sperm from a testicle to the semen. 

At our Kelowna private hospital, our team of surgeons are highly experienced in a range of general and plastic surgery procedures, including vasectomy reversal. This procedure has a high rate of success, but it also depends on several factors, including: 

  • The experience and skill of your surgeon
  • The age and fertility of your partner
  • The return of moving sperm
  • The time since your vasectomy

Vasectomy Reversal at Our Kelowna Private Hospital 

At our Kelowna private hospital, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons offer a range of treatments including vasectomy reversals, liposuctionbreast augmentation, and more to help you achieve all your health and aesthetic goals. 

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4 Facts About a Vasectomy Reversal All Men Should Know About 

A significant percentage of men who have had vasectomies will change their minds at some point in their lifetime and consider a vasectomy reversal. The good news is that today, with advanced technologies, a vasectomy reversal is extremely doable. However, before you opt for this treatment, here are five facts you should know: 

1. Vasectomy reversal is a safe and straightforward procedure. When a vasectomy is performed, your surgeon will reroute or clamp the internal tubing that carries sperm from the testical through the penis. During a vasectomy reversal, this tube is restored. Typically, the procedure takes two hours and you can return to work within 1-2 days.

2. A man’s testicles never stop making sperm. A vasectomy prevents sperm from leaving the body, but it won’t stop sperm production. This means that once the reversal is complete, normal fertility is restored. After approximately three weeks of abstinence, to allow for healing, you can begin trying to conceive.

Everything You Should Know About a Vasectomy Reversal

3. Time is a factor, but not the biggest one. For vasectomies done within the last 10 years, the success rate of a reversal is as high as 95 per cent. After 15 years, this success rate does begin to decline, but the health of a man’s sperm, as well as the age and fertility of the female partner, are just as significant in the chances of conception.

4. Fertility plays an important role. Before you undergo a vasectomy reversal, you and your partner should be examined for fertility issues, as well as overall health. In some cases, the best option for conception is in vitro fertilization (IVF), so your doctor may recommend a sperm retrieval to increase your chances of having a baby.

How to Find the Right Surgeon for a Vasectomy Reversal 

One of the biggest factors in the success of your vasectomy reversal procedure is the skill and experience of your surgeon. Here are a few important things to keep in mind and ask when selecting a vasectomy reversal surgeon: 

1. Experience. The likelihood of a successful reversal increases significantly when you opt for a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing these specific procedures.

2. Training. Look for a board-certified urologist who has training in male infertility. This will ensure that your surgeon has extensive surgical experience regarding the genitourinary system, ensuring the best results.

3. Number of vasectomy reversals performed. The rate of success for your procedure will increase if you work with a surgeon who has done many vasectomy reversals. Your doctor should be willing to share their success rates for both patency (the return of sperm to the semen) and pregnancy.

**Okanagan Health Surgical No Longer Offers Vasectomies**


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