“Why would anyone want a vasectomy reversal?” This is a question I hear every time I tell someone what I do for a living. I do microsurgical vasectomy reversals I tell you. “Hmm,” they say. “And what else are you doing?” “That’s all I’m explaining. Vasectomy reversals only. One a day, every day. To men in every state in the United States and around the world.” “Hmm. Okay,” they reply … and then we come to the big question “Why would anyone want a vasectomy reversal, anyway?”
First of all, a little history: More than 600,000 men in the United States each year undergo a vasectomy for permanent sterilization. Of these, about one in twenty (5%) men will change their minds at some point. It could be 2 weeks later, or as in the case of my world record patient, 42 years after the vasectomy. But that’s what life matters: surprises and changes, sometimes good surprises, sometimes not so good. As I tell patients every week, life has a way of getting in the way of plans. Many men who wanted permanent sterilization now find themselves wishing they could have children again.
The good news is that for almost all men is an affordable and very successful way to restore fertility. In fact, a review of several thousand of our patients shows that we have been able to achieve more than 90-96% success, even for men who have had previous reversals! This same success rate is for all men, no matter how long ago they underwent a vasectomy. So this shows that the old idea that the number of years from vasectomy to inversion determines success is foolish.
However, many doctors do not know or understand that vasectomy reversal is very successful when performed by a trained and experienced microsurgeon.
The most common medical reason for having a reversal is to treat severe pain after a vasectomy, called post-vasectomy pain syndrome (PVPS). This rare and devastating complication after a vasectomy occurs in less than 1% of all vasectomies. For those unfortunate few men, the pain can be severe and debilitating. The pain can begin immediately after the vasectomy or can develop slowly over the course of months and even years. The pain is believed to be the result of a blockage and accumulation of fluid within the now sealed system. As fluid builds up, the tissues stretch, causing a stretch that causes significant pain. This pain can be particularly severe after sexual activity. For many, the best option is microsurgical reconnection (http://dadsagain.com/resource-guide/microsurgical-vasectomy-reversal.html) of the ends of the vas deferens, restoring flow and decompressing the system.
I have many patients over the past 20 years who have felt the need to restore semen flow to sperm. Some felt that vasectomy was unnatural and went against some deeper philosophies of life and fluid balance. Some men felt they were not as healthy after the vasectomy and wanted to correct this problem with a reversal. Others simply did not feel “well”. There were no specific complaints or changes, they just weren’t the same and wanted to reverse their vasectomy. Some felt they wanted to restore their “energy” which they believe was changed by the vasectomy.
The good news is that, whatever the reason, the chances of success are excellent, 90-96%. At the International Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we are able to achieve a level of success that can only come from years of full-time single specialty vasectomy reversal practice, a practice with thousands of patients traveling to Tucson, Arizona. week from around the world. Doctors Marks and Burrows have the volume and experience to ensure you are getting the best opportunities for a successful reversal. This is why many rely on ICVR for vasectomy reversal.