Over 500,000 men in the United States have a vasectomy each year, and nearly 6% of men will change their minds. The reasons men choose to reverse a vasectomy are many, usually due to remarriage or desire more children. At Georgia Urology, we understand that circumstances change in the lives of individuals and couples. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained fertility specialists approach these issues with empathy and provide the most innovative care in the state of Georgia.
Vasectomy reversal is a fine and complex procedure to restore a man’s fertility. The ultimate success of a vasectomy reversal is a natural pregnancy. The success of a child after a vasectomy depends on the age and fertility of the female partner, the surgeon’s experience, the technique of vasectomy reversal, and the length of time since the vasectomy was performed.
What is Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal?
Microsurgical vasectomy reversal is a delicate and complex surgery. It is performed with the use of a special operating microscope with sufficient magnifying power, which allows the surgeon to achieve accurate alignment to reconnect the pathway for the sperm to get into the semen. Most often, the cut ends of the vas are reattached. In some cases, the ends of the vas are joined to the epididymis. When the tubes are joined, sperm can return to the ejaculate or semen, allowing a man to re-establish his fertility and enabling a couple to conceive a child after a vasectomy naturally.
Microsurgical Skills Make the Difference
Microscopic vasectomy reversal, when performed by a board-certified urologic surgeon with advanced training in microsurgery and infertility, offers men the highest surgical success and pregnancy rate in couples wishing to restore their fertility following vasectomies.
The skill of the surgeon is most important since precise suture placement is necessary. About one-third of all reversal patients will require the more complicated epididymovasostomy. But because a surgeon will not know beforehand whether this technique will be needed, it is important to choose a urological surgeon who is prepared to perform either procedure. Depending on the number of years between the vasectomy and vasectomy reversal, a certain percentage of vasectomy reversals require an epididymovasostomy. Georgia Urology microsurgeons, Dr. Ronald Anglade, Dr. Akash Kapadia, Dr. Edward Stark and Dr. Jerry Yuan are experts at epididymovasostomy.
There are two types of microsurgical vasectomy reversal: vasovasostomy and epididymovasostomy. It is important to choose a urologist who is prepared to perform either procedure. Dr. Anglade, Dr. Kapadia, Dr. Stark, and Dr. Yuan are highly skilled at both procedures and will choose the type that is right for you. This may depend on how long it has been since you had your vasectomy performed, as well as whether your microsurgeon discovers a blockage in the epididymis.
Selecting one of our highly skilled microsurgeons who is passionate about helping you conceive a child after a vasectomy is the first step to reaching your goal of achieving a natural pregnancy. Dr. Anglade, Dr. Kapadia, Dr. Stark, and Dr. Yuan perform vasectomy reversals at our convenient offices across Metro Atlanta.