Between 42 and 60 million men worldwide have vasectomies for a variety of reasons, but some of those men change their minds and want the procedure reversed. Dr. William T. Klope of William T. Klope, MD Inc. in Ventura, California, has special expertise in vasectomy reversals, with success rates higher than those published in medical journals. If you’d like to learn more about a vasectomy reversal, call or make an appointment online.
While a vasectomy severs the tubes, called the vasa deferentia, that carry sperm from the testes to the semen that is ejaculate from the penis, a vasectomy reversal reconnects these tubes. When the tubes are joined, the sperm can travel again to mix with semen.
Dr. Klope conducts your initial consultation in-house but performs the vasectomy reversal procedure at an outpatient clinic.
A vasectomy reversal is a minor surgery that can be performed two different ways, depending on your sperm production. Both ways begin with small incisions on each side of your scrotum.
Dr. Klope then trims each vas deferens, the tube that was blocked or severed during the vasectomy, so that he can take a sample of fluid. If the fluid contains sperm, he performs a vasovasostomy; if not, he performs a vasoepididymostomy.
Sometimes one procedure is performed on one side and the other on the opposite side.
You should expect a similar recovery experience as your vasectomy. You’ll be sore, you’ll need to limit strenuous and physical activities, and you may have some pain and swelling. Icing and pain medications will help you feel more comfortable as you recover. You should refrain from sex for 2-3 weeks.
Dr. Klope will send you home with a full set of guidelines, and you should be able to resume your normal activities within a couple of weeks.
With a skilled and experienced urologist like Dr. Klope, your chances are very good that you'll be able to start or grow your family. Factors such as the length of time since your vasectomy and your partner’s age and health also play a role in whether or not she will become pregnant.
If you’ve had a change of heart and want to know more about vasectomy reversal surgery, call or book an appointment online today.