Vasectomy Reversal

The urologists at MaineHealth perform the latest procedures for vasectomy reversal. While a vasectomy should be seen as permanent, doctors can reverse the procedure and fertility may return.

What is a vasectomy reversal?

A vasectomy reversal is surgery to reconnect tubes cut during a vasectomy done for men who’ve had a vasectomy but want to be fertile. When the surgery is successful, sperm are in the semen again.  After a vasectomy reversal, the chance of making a woman pregnant depends on how much time has passed since the vasectomy was done as well as other factors.

Advances in microsurgical vasectomy reversal

With a vasectomy reversal, the surgeon uses a special microscope to reconnect the tubes. Vasectomy reversals are done as an outpatient procedure. The patient goes home the same day.

The surgery usually takes from two to four hours. Patients should expect some mild to medium pain after the surgery.

Vasectomy reversal risks

Talk to your doctor, if you are thinking about having a vasectomy reversal. The risks of a vasectomy reversal can include:

  • Infection

  • Fluid buildup in the scrotum that will need to be drained

  • Injury to nerves or arteries in the scrotum.