Questions to Ask Before a Vasectomy Reversal

Questions to Ask Before a Vasectomy Reversal

If you’ve had a vasectomy, you may know that it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent an undesired pregnancy. But what if you no longer wish to prevent one? 

From relationship changes to loss of a child, numerous reasons may lead to the desire for vasectomy reversal. And our team is here to help.

Dr. Mike Hsieh and Jose Luis Ruiz, PA, are pleased to offer vasectomy reversals using advanced techniques to help restore your fertility.

Here’s a closer look at the procedure, guiding with smart questions to consider beforehand.

What are my chances of success? 

Many people experience success after a vasectomy, but pregnancy afterward is not a sure thing. In addition, particulars around your health, age, and your initial procedure can play a role in your odds of success.

Generally speaking, vasectomy reversals have a success rate of 30-70%. Factors that make pregnancy more likely include:

In other words, while a successful vasectomy means that you could potentially co-create a pregnancy, whether or not pregnancy actually happens is more nuanced.

What costs are involved with a vasectomy reversal?

Vasectomy reversals are considered elective procedures. Thus, insurance companies tend not to cover it. Depending on the specifics of your surgery, yours may cost you up to $1,000. You’ll also need to keep any potential followup visits in mind. Our staff will talk to you about possible payment options if finances are a concern for you.

You may also need to take a few days off from work for recovery. Many people can get back to most daily activities after two days.

How will I feel after my vasectomy reversal?

A vasectomy reversal is a bit more complex than your vasectomy procedure. So after spending 2-4 hours in surgery, you’ll stay under our care until your anesthesia wears off and we’re sure you’re doing well. From there, you can return home.

Be sure to follow your aftercare instructions, which may involve gently applying a cold compress or ice pack to the treatment area periodically as you heal. You may also benefit from not wearing tight clothing around the treatment area, which could pull at your stitches or increase discomfort.

While you may experience some pain in your groin for 1-3 weeks, following your care instructions will keep you comfortable.

To learn more about vasectomy reversals or to get the treatment you desire, call or send us a message through our website to make an appointment at our office in La Jolla, California, today.

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