Making the decision to have a vasectomy surgical procedure is one of the most serious decisions that a male can make in regards to his future, as being a father is an incredibly important decision that should never be entered into lightly.
When a couple chooses vasectomy as their contraceptive, they have more or less decided that they need a permanent solution. Nonetheless, about five to ten percent of men come back with a request for vasectomy reversal surgery within five to ten years following their original procedure.
Perhaps the individual decides that he wants to have children. In such an instance, there will be required vasectomy reversal surgery. Vasectomy reversal surgery seeks to reverse the ‘tube tying’ surgery and return the man’s reproductive function to its original state.
The Considerations of Vasectomy Reversal Surgery
Vasectomy reversal surgery requires the same careful deliberation and consideration that was required during the initial days of vasectomy consideration. Vasectomy reversal surgery is, of course, an elective surgical procedure just like the original vasectomy and all elective surgeries come with a risk factor.
Chances of Success
There are no guarantees when it comes to vasectomy reversal, and one drawback to consider when deciding to have a vasectomy reversal, and incurring the cost of vasectomy reversal, is that it may not work. The cost of a vasectomy reversal alone is prohibitive, but if you’ve been examined and your doctor expresses further doubts as to the possibility of your being able to father children, then this may not be the procedure for you.
The success of the procedure depends on a number of factors, i.e. the surgeon’s skill and experience, the equipment used, the age of the man, and the time elapsed from the vasectomy. Each of these factors can become crucial in the reversing vasectomy process.
Fourteen percent of the men who have a vasovasotomy have no sperm in their semen, and if they have no sperm in the semen by up six months after the procedure, the procedure is considered a failure. Forty percent of men who have a vasoepididymostomy have no sperm in their semen after this procedure, and if they don’t have any by twelve to eighteen months after surgery then the procedure is considered to have failed.
The Psychological Impact of Vasectomy Reversal Surgery
There will always be an impact of elective surgery on the psyche of an individual and a vasectomy reversal surgery will be no different. There will be a considerable amount of stress and anxiety that can result from the pre-surgery, surgery and post-surgery trauma that may result. To say that enduring such a procedure will not cause stress would be a foolish assumption and one should consider counseling before and after entering into an agreement to have such a procedure performed.
You should consider all your options and discover if the procedure will have a good chance of success for you personally before you decide to have vasectomy reversal surgery.