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The single largest predictor of vasectomy reversal success is the length of time since the vasectomy was performed.

The success of vasectomy reversal in restoring sperm to the ejaculate can be as high as 97%. Even when men have vasectomy reversal more than 15 years after their vasectomy the success of the reversal can be 60% to 70%.

Success of vasectomy: Time is the most critical factor

The time elapsed since having a vasectomy is the most important factor in determining the success of vasectomy reversal surgery.

• Reversal less than 3 years of vasectomy, reversal success is 97%
• Reversal within 3 to 8 years of vasectomy, reversal success rate is 91%
• Reversal within 9 to 14 years of vasectomy, reversal success rate is 82%
• Reversal 14 years or more after vasectomy, reversal success rate is 69%

Why is time since vasectomy important?

When considering sterilization reversal, the passage of time is more important after vasectomy than it is after female tubal ligation. After female tubal ligation, time is important because with increased age the ability of a woman to become natural pregnant declines. After vasectomy, time is important because there can be destructive changes which occur in the epididymis which can impair sperm production.

Sperm are continually produced in the epididymis after a vasectomy and travel up the vas deferens. After a vasectomy, the sperm will be trapped in the lower portion of the vas deferens with nowhere to escape. These sperm will slowly be recycled and reabsorbed by the man’s body but this process will increase the pressure in the lower end of the vas deferens and the epididymis. This increased pressure can cause changes in the epididymis and the epididymis may become dysfunctional.

These changes after vasectomy do not happen to all men but with the passage of time these changes can become more pronounced and can decrease the success of vasectomy reversal.

The average success of restoring sperm to the ejaculate of all vasectomy reversal procedures is approximately 85%.

6 thoughts on “Vasectomy Reversal Success”

  1. Will says:

    If a prepayment plan is cancelled if the money that is in the account refunded?

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      You are refunded your money less $500 administration fee. If you think you will close your account you are better off starting your own personal savings account or financing surgery.

  2. Lynn says:

    I had a tubal lig 11yrs ago, he has vasec 14yrs ago, what are our chances?

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      It depends on the type of tubal ligation you had….but the chances of reversing his vasectomy with success is about 60% because of the 14 year time span.

      It may be best to consider IVF with sperm aspiration because his vasectomy was more than 8 years ago. This is going to run you about $18,000.

      His and her reversal would provide you with an opportunity and the total cost would be about $13,000 at our facility.

      Call us at (919) 968-4656 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you.

      The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

  3. mindy grisby says:

    Got my tubes tied 10 years ago had 1 miscarriage 8 years ago.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      If you want to become pregnant successfully then tubal reversal is the best option for you. We charge $6400 total for tubal reversal plus $125 to schedule. Give us a call at (919)968-4656 if you want to talk more about tubal ligation reversal surgery.

      You will find that the link below to our Frequently Asked Questions will answer most of your questions about surgery at our center. You are welcome to send your reports to our office for a free evaluation.

      The following link will answer most of your questions: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

      Please join our celebration of tubal reversal babies: March 2016 Tubal Reversal Baby Shower

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