Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversal
Rogue Valley Urology physicians perform both vasectomies and vasectomy reversals. Since vasectomy is considered a permanent form of birth control, we urge you not to have this procedure unless you are certain you no longer want children.
A vasectomy is a minor surgery that prevents sperm from moving from the testicle into the semen, thereby making you sterile. During the virtually painless procedure we will cut and seal the tubes that transport sperm. While the testicles will continue to produce sperm for the rest of your life, they are reabsorbed into the body. The prostate and seminal vesicles continue to make fluid, and the semen appears no different after the procedure, which is performed in the office and usually takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
Vasectomy reversal is possible, however the surgery is more complicated and risky than the original procedure, and does not always restore fertility. The likelihood of regaining fertility is greater for younger men and in cases where it has been less than five years since the vasectomy. The procedure is performed under anesthesia, and we’ll use a high-powered operating microscope to sew the vas deferens back together, allowing sperm to once again mix with semen. This procedure is not covered by insurance.
- The American Urological Association’s webpages on Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversal.