The success rate of vasectomy reversals is largely dependent on the number of years that have elapsed since the surgery.
The success rate of vasectomy reversals, or vasovasostomy, is largely dependent on the number of years that have elapsed since the initial vasectomy. However, there are other factors that may influence success. For some men, their reversal may be successful, but the quality of their sperm is poor. Likewise, a patient’s body may develop antibodies that fight against their sperm. Usually, if live sperm is detected during the procedure, and the reversal is successful, the likelihood of the patient regaining their fertility will increase.
Success rate of vasectomy reversals
A 2004 study conducted by the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, revealed that vasectomy reversals were highly successful even in patients who had a vasectomy fifteen years prior to the vasectomy reversal. The study also found a pregnancy success rate of 84 percent after vasectomy reversal surgery. Vasectomy reversals performed on men whose vasectomies were older than 15 years experienced a significant drop in pregnancy success; the pregnancy rate for men with older vasectomies plunged to 44 percent.
Men who decide to have a vasectomy, have made their decision with an understanding that a vasectomy is considered a permanent form of birth control. Afterwards, many men are satisfied with their decision. However, circumstances may change if men experience divorce or the loss of their spouse. It is not uncommon for men, who have remarried, to discuss the option of children with their new partner. Fortunately, vasectomy reversal is an option for couples to become parents.
There is no guarantee that a vasectomy reversal will be successful every time. Fortunately, there are other fertility options that may be considered if the reversal fails.
At Urology Austin, we specialize in vasectomies and vasectomy reversal surgery. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our urologists.