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Vasectomy reversal (vasovasostomy) reconnects the tubes (vas deferens) that were cut during a vasectomy. A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control. But reversal surgery may let a man father a child after a vasectomy.
The doctor makes two small cuts (incisions) on both sides of the scrotum. Then the two ends of the tubes are joined. Sperm can now move through this tube to the penis.
Vasectomy reversal usually doesn't require an overnight stay in the hospital.
You may go back to work or your normal routine in 1 week. Lie down as much as you can for the next week.
You can expect to go home the same day.
Pain may be mild to moderate. You should be able to resume normal activities, including sex, within 3 weeks.
Vasectomy reversal is done when you have had a vasectomy and now want to be fertile.
Chances of a successful vasectomy reversal decline over time. Reversals work best during the first 10 years after a vasectomy.footnote 1
In general, vasectomy reversal:footnote 2
Risks of vasectomy reversal include:
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Speroff L, Darney PD (2011). Sterilization. In A Clinical Guide for Contraception, 5th ed., pp. 381–404. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
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