According to the Baltimore Sun, it’s estimated that about 500,000 vasectomies are performed in the United States every year.
About ten percent of those men eventually change their minds and want to know if the procedure is reversible. The good news is that vasectomy reversals have a consistently high success rate. Certain factors do affect the outcome, of course – the complexity of the surgery required, partner’s age and fertility, and the amount of time since the original procedure. In general, the success rates for vasectomy reversal decline with each year after the first surgery took place.
However, reversals are still very successful for the right candidates. Depending on the surgery needed to accomplish it, up to 95 percent of men see a return of their sperm. Within three years of the reversal, 75 percent of cases result in successful pregnancies – although it should be noted that the number drops to 30 percent if more than 15 years have passed since the vasectomy.
Especially with today’s technology, an effective reversal is more likely to have the desired outcome. As an example, a new micro-surgical procedure developed by Dr. Philip Werthman, a male fertility expert and director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Vasectomy Reversal in Los Angeles, has shown particular promise. Simple surgeries carry a 98 percent success rate, while the more complicated ones work 65 percent of the time. His oldest successful case was a man in his 80s who wanted a reversal 56 years after getting the vasectomy, and he went on to have two children.
If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal but still have questions and concerns, please contact Urology Austin today for more information.