Many men who have had a vasectomy change their mind and decide they want more children.
The good news is even if several years have passed since you had your vasectomy, with the right surgeon, vasectomy reversal can be successful.
A vasectomy reversal is more complicated than a vasectomy, and the success of these technically challenging microsurgeries is dependent on the talent, training, and experience of the surgeon. At Ochsner Medical Center-Jefferson Highway, vasectomy reversals are performed by Dr. Eric Laborde, who completed a fellowship in male infertility and erectile dysfunction at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the few urological surgeons in the country who performs both vasovasostomies and epididymovasostomies.
Learn more about Dr. Laborde.
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Types of Vasectomy Reversals
During a vasectomy, the surgeon cuts or blocks the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis. In a vasectomy reversal, the doctor rejoins these tubes. A successful vasectomy reversal makes it possible for sperm to be present in the semen once more, making pregnancy possible.
Vasectomy reversal can be accomplished with either a vasovasostomy or an epididymovasostomy (also called a vasoepididymostomy). With vasovasostomy, the surgeon reconnects the ends of the vas deferens together. With an epididymovasostomy, the vas deferens is attached to the small tube at the top of each of the testicles.
An epididymovasostomy is performed when sperm flow is blocked and a vasovasostomy won't be successful.
While complications are rare, risks of vasectomy reversal surgery include:
- Infection at the surgery site
- Bleeding in the scrotum
Because vasectomy reversals are not always covered by insurance, Ochsner offers bundled payment plans. To learn more, contact 504-842-4083.