• Who Is a Good Candidate for Vasectomy Reversal?

    If you have had a vasectomy but later decide that you want more children, then a vasectomy reversal could be the right answer for you. There are a number of factors that go into determining if a reversal procedure is successful, and your urologist will review your personal health history when helping you decide if you are a good candidate. Here are some of the signs that a vasectomy reversal could be right for you.  

    It has been less than 15 years since your vasectomy.  

    Generally, the more recent your vasectomy was, the more likely it is for your reversal to be successful. Although studies vary, 15 years seems to be the point at which the success of a vasectomy reversal tends to drop off considerably. Newer surgical techniques are more successful than in the past for vasectomy reversals, even when a considerable amount of time has passed, but the length of time since the vasectomy is still a factor.  

    You haven’t had additional surgeries in the groin area.  

    Other surgical procedures in the groin area, such as hernia surgeries, can decrease the chances of having a successful vasectomy reversal. This includes previous vasectomy reversal surgeries that were unsuccessful. Some surgical procedures increase the chances of a blockage in the vas deferens that makes reversals more difficult.  

    A minimal amount of the vas deferens tubing was removed during your vasectomy. 

    If a large amount of the tubing of your vas deferens was removed during your vasectomy, there may not be enough left to reconnect or it may make your surgical procedure more difficult. It can also be more difficult to reverse your vasectomy if your vas deferens was cut length-wise during your original surgery.  

    If you are interested in a vasectomy reversal, make an appointment with a urologist at Urology Associates, P.C. to discuss your case. Our urologists in Nashville will review your history and help you decide if a vasectomy reversal is a good choice for you. To schedule your consultation, please call (855) 901-1338.

  • Get the Answers to Your Questions About Vasectomy Reversal

    It’s not uncommon for men who have undergone a vasectomy in the past to decide that they would like to reverse the procedure. In many cases, with the help of a trained urologist, reversals can be successful. If you are considering having a vasectomy reversal, here are the answers to some questions that are likely to be on your mind.

    What is the first step in getting a vasectomy reversal?

    The first step is to schedule an appointment with a urologist. During this consultation appointment, your physician will ask extensive questions about your medical history, including your fertility history. If you are having the reversal because you want to start a family in the short term, your urologist will also ask questions about your partner’s fertility history. This information allows your urologist to determine the best way to support your goals to achieve pregnancy. Many men find it helpful to bring their partners with them to the initial consultation.

    What happens during the procedure?

    The exact process your urologist chooses for your vasectomy reversal depends on many different factors, including how long it has been since your vasectomy and how that initial procedure was performed. Your urologist will explain the care plan he or she creates for you in detail so that you know exactly what to expect.

    Will my vasectomy reversal work?

    The biggest factor in determining how successful your vasectomy reversal will be is the length of time since your vasectomy. It is impossible to know for sure which reversal procedures will be successful, but your urologist can help you understand your chances of success and what your options are should the procedure fail.

    Because many insurance companies do not cover vasectomy reversals, Urology Associates, P.C., offers helpful financing plans for patients. To make an appointment for your urology consultation in Tennessee call (855) 901-1338.