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What will my vasectomy reversal recovery be like?
A vasectomy reversal procedure does not require an overnight hospital stay.
Immediately after the surgery, ice packs placed on the scrotum area are recommended to reduce any swelling and pain. A prescription pain medication will be available after the vasectomy reversal procedure and can be taken as necessary. Often times after the second day, Tylenol will be sufficient to eliminate discomfort or pain.
Due to the superficial nature of the procedure, risks, post-procedure discomfort and disruption of normal activities are limited. Patients routinely return back to work in an office setting in approximately 3-7 days and physically strenuous work within 4 weeks. Sexual intercourse can be resumed as soon as 2 weeks after a vasectomy reversal.
Please Note: You must be accompanied by a responsible adult upon discharge to drive you home after surgery
Is it possible to reverse a vasectomy after 10 years?
Yes. Contrary to popularly beliefs, it is possible to have a successful vasectomy reversal 10 years after a vasectomy.
What is the success rate of vasectomy reversal?
The likelihood of sperm again appearing in the ejaculate after a vasectomy reversal is excellent. Although this does not guarantee pregnancy, the likelihood of a subsequent pregnancy are still high. The likelihood of finding sperm at the time of vasectomy reversal is determined by two important factors: 1) the time elapsed since the vasectomy, and 2) the site of the vasectomy.
Keep in mind that the sperm produced from the resulting vasectomy reversal can also be used with additional assisted reproductive techniques to significantly increase the chances of a pregnancy.
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Do I need a referral from my family doctor?
A referral from your general practitioner is not necessary.
If a vasectomy reversal fails, should I consider a repeat reversal?
When a vasectomy reversal fails, often times it can be successfully “redone” or other alternatives can be considered. The chances for success depend on the reason for failure of the original surgery, and the type of reversal surgery originally performed. Since each case is different, specialists like Dr. Lo can evaluate your situation and offer you a solution.
- NSAIDs such as Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other pain killers should be discontinued for 10 days prior to any procedure as these medicines can thin the blood and lead to an increase in bleeding during or after surgery
- If you are not certain if you are currently taking any NSAID’s occasionally or on a regular basis, please check with our office.
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to your surgery date
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your vasectomy reversal surgery.
Apply ice bag to scrotum for 10 minutes on, then 10 minutes off, for the first two hours after the vasectomy reversal. Repeat in the next 3-4 days in the evenings
- Prescription pain medicine can be taken as necessary
- An athletic supporter (jockstraps) or tight supportive underwear is recommended for 7-10 days
- Patients can shower after 48 hours. Baths should be avoided for 2 weeks
- Sexual activity can resume 2-3 weeks after the reversal
- No strenuous work for 4-6 weeks
- Return to the office in 2-4 weeks for a follow up visit
- A sperm count will be ordered 8 weeks following surgery
Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre
Mount Sinai Hospital
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex
60 Murray Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 3L9
Parking garages, owned and operated by independent contractors, are located next to our office on 60 Murray Street.
Alternate parking options include meters on McCaul Street and several parking lots around the Hospital
About Dr. Kick C. Lo
Dr. Kirk C. Lo is a Board Certified Urologist, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, at the Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Center and a faculty at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Lo is fellowship-trained in microsurgeon and his clinical focus is microsurgical vasectomy reversal and male infertility. Read More