Vasectomy is a procedure carried out in order to make a man permanently sterile. The two tubes (the vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testes in the scrotum to the exterior are cut and a small section from each removed.
Some men decide that due to a change in circumstances they now wish to extend their family and have the process reversed.
The operation is not guaranteed to restore fertility as the tubes may not reconnect, but the earlier the reversal operation is performed after the vasectomy, the more likely it is to be successful.
A consultation will be carried out with a doctor who will explain the procedure and answer any questions. Following this, you will be given the opportunity to make an appointment.
You will be provided with a number to call to book your appointment when you have made your decision.
Admission to the clinic
When you arrive at reception you will be greeted and you will be asked to quote your personal identification number (P.I.N) which will have been given to you when you made initial contact with the clinic.
Before the procedure
The vasectomy reversal operation is performed under a general anaesthetic, therefore:
- Ensure you do not eat or drink from midnight on the day of the operation
- It is advisable not to smoke for at least 48 hours before the general anaesthetic
A general anaesthetic will be given.
The procedure to reverse the vasectomy involves reconnecting the two vas deferens (tubes) that were cut so that sperm can once again flow from the testes to the exterior of the penis and restore fertility.
Are there any side effects?
There are few side effects from the procedure but you will most likely feel a little discomfort with some swelling and bruising present.
All surgery carries some element of risk but complications following a reversal of a vasectomy are extremely rare. The most likely type would be a local infection indicated by inflammation and pain. This can easily be treated with antibiotics.
Discharge from the clinic
Recovery time is usually quick. The operation is performed in the morning and you are usually ready to be discharged by lunchtime the same day.
Arrange for someone to collect you from the clinic- do not drive yourself.
If you have any concerns at any time, feel free to contact the clinic for advice.
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