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Vasectomy Reversal A Decade After a Vasectomy

Many couples come to the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America with one question in common- "It's been years since the vasectomy; can we really have a successful vasectomy reversal?" The answer is, yes, you can.

Because all of the surgeons at VRCA are fellowship-trained in microsurgical vasectomy reversal and male reproductive medicine, we offer patients who had a vasectomy five, 10 and even 20 years ago, a second chance at conceiving a child naturally. And, our success rates are over 90 percent. When it comes to performing a successful vasectomy reversal, what is critical is the skill and training of your surgeon.

Consider this patient case: My oldest vasectomy reversal patient was a 65-year-old man who was a father, and a grandfather.  His  vasectomy  had been done 36 years earlier. After remarrying, he and his new wife wanted to conceive a child of their own and he came to me to find out about having a vasectomy reversal. Was it even possible more three decades following the vasectomy, he wondered? The answer was yes. I performed his successful microsurgical vasectomy reversal, and at the age of 65, my patient fathered a child again.

Of course, not every man is a candidate for a vasectomy reversal. Following your consultation, we will take a thorough medical history and perform a physical exam and lab work to ensure that this is the right option for you and your partner. But for men deemed viable candidates for the vasectomy reversal procedure, we believe that every couple should have a second chance at conceiving a child naturally when possible. The fact is, having your vasectomy reversal performed by a highly skilled microsurgeon gives you the best possible chance of a successful outcome and of fathering a child naturally, no matter how many years have passed since your vasectomy. 

Why are microsurgical skills critical to successful outcomes? A microsurgeon performs complex surgeries on some of the tiniest structures in your body using a high powered microscope that provides 16 times magnification of the operating area. In a vasectomy reversal, it's important to understand that the channel of the vas deferens through which the sperm swim is only about .4 millimeters in diameter. A highly trained microsurgeon has the advanced skills necessary to visualize and manipulate this microscopic area, effectively reconnecting the vas deferens and offering the highest success rates.

So, is it possible to have a successful vasectomy reversal decades after your vasectomy? The answer is yes, and the surgeons at VRCA are ready to help you achieve your dream of having a baby.

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