Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversal
Urologist in Salt Lake City, Utah
A vasectomy is a simple micro-surgical procedure that involves blocking the tubes (vas deferens) that sperm uses to flow into the semen. This results in making a man permanently sterile. It is a procedure that should be considered thoughtfully since it does eliminate a man’s potential for reproduction.
The procedure is about 20-30 minutes and is done in the following steps:
- The testicles are shaved and cleaned with an antiseptic
- Some men are given medicine to reduce anxiety or to induce drowsiness
- The doctor detects the vas deferens by touch
- Local anesthetic is injected
- The doctor will make small openings in the scrotum and cut the vas deferens. The vas deferens end is then tied, stitched or sealed
- The vas deferens is then replaced and the scrotum is closed with stitches
After the procedure, the body continues to produce sperm that are absorbed into the bloodstream. Because the body continues to produce sperm, vasectomies are considered to be reversible.
A reversal vasectomy, also known as Vasovasostomy, is generally considered when there has been the loss of a child, a remarriage, and a change in financial conditions or in certain situations, to treat testicular pain.
It is a micro-surgical procedure that is complicated and doesn’t always restore fertility. Like a vasectomy, it is a procedure that should be thoroughly considered before having it done. Vasectomy reversal is usually an outpatient procedure (without an overnight stay in the hospital). Spinal or general anesthesia is commonly used to ensure that you stay completely still during the surgery.
Vasectomy reversals can be attempted even if a long time has passed since the original vasectomy was performed. However, only about one half of the procedures are successful. A discussion with your doctor is must to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure.
After both procedures, you may need plenty of:
- Pain medication
- Antibiotics to prevent infection
For more information Vasectomy or Vasectomy Reversal in Salt Lake City
Call Dr. Steven Gange (801) 993-1800 or schedule an appointment online for more information.