Sovereign Male Cosmetic and Wellness Clinic
Interested in Vasectomy Reversal?
Vasectomy reversal in Toronto is an increasingly requested procedure. There are numerous reasons for men to choose this minor procedure as a method of birth control. And there are just as many reasons to choose reversal and undo a vasectomy. At Sovereign Male, some of our patients ask whether their vasectomy can be reversed due to a new relationship, the desire to have more children, or simply a change of mind.
If you’re reconsidering your choice and want to know if a vasectomy can be reversed even after many years, the answer is usually yes. Vasectomies can be 100% reversible for most men. We recommend meeting with an experienced urologist in person for a consultation and discussion about your options.
Sovereign Male is a unique cosmetic and wellness clinic conveniently located in the heart of Toronto. We bring together dedicated specialists in several medical fields to treat a diverse variety of health, beauty, and wellness concerns in one state-of-the-art centre. Our Sovereign Male division is custom-tailored to guy-centred cosmetic, fitness, and wellness treatments. We offer hair transplants, men’s skincare products, male sexual enhancement, and vasectomy reversal procedures.
Did you know that roughly 5% to 10% of men who have had a vasectomy decide to have a vasectomy reversal? If you’re thinking about it, Sovereign Male can help guide you.
What Is a Vasectomy Reversal?
Vasectomy reversal allows for sperm to re-establish a pathway back into the male ejaculate. This is a relatively minor surgical procedure, just like the original vasectomy, which is designed to prevent sperm from combining with semen.
The testicles produce sperm, which mature, then gain the ability to propel through the epididymis, a tiny, coiled tube connected with the vas deferens. Sperm must travel through the vas deferens to exit the penis. But during a vasectomy, a surgeon will cauterize, clip, or cut the vas, preventing sperm passage. The body continues to produce sperm after a vasectomy, but with its pathway occluded, sexual intercourse does not release sperm into a partner.
The surgical vasectomy reversal procedure will usually be performed in 1 of 2 ways:
- Vasovasostomy: direct vas to vas reconnection
- Vasoepididymostomy: a vas to epididymis connection
How Is a Reverse Vasectomy Performed?
A high-powered microscope allows your surgeon to magnify the intricate tubes involved for precise repair using only hair-like sutures.
Patients are asleep under general anaesthetic while this quick procedure is done. While asleep, your urologist makes a small incision (usually less than 1 cm) on each side of your scrotum or a single incision midline.
Depending on the type of vasectomy that you had, the ends of the vas tubing may be trimmed to allow the healthy reconnection of this tissue. Your urologist will extract a sample of vasal fluid from the testis to assess the amount of sperm present.
This method of vasectomy reversal is usually performed when there is sperm present in the vasal fluid, because it shows a clear pathway between the testis and the severed vas deferens. Reconnecting the vas ends together to repair the tube is called a “vasovasostomy.” Using skilled microsurgery techniques, this method of repair is roughly 85% to 95% effective in restoring sperm passage into the semen.
When no sperm is found in the vasal fluid, it may indicate damage or a blockage in the epididymal tube. In these cases, the urologist may need to bypass the blockage and re-join the upper vas deferens end to the epididymis. This more complex approach is termed “vasoepididymostomy.” The results also tend to be highly successful. Some combination of these 2 approaches may be chosen by your surgeon, as each side of the testes might present differently.
These procedures are considered to be “day surgery”. They take roughly 1 to 2 hours to complete. After a brief time in our welcoming surgical recovery suite, our patients are free to return home or to their hotel with a friend, family member, or nurse.
Vasectomy reversal scarring is extremely minimal and discreet. So for most men, it isn’t noticeable that the procedure has taken place once they are healed.
Vasectomy Reversal Recovery
Following a mini-incision approach to vasectomy reversal using microscopic technology, patients tend to experience rapid recovery times and less discomfort or swelling than in the past.
When considering this procedure, many men wonder, “Is vasectomy reversal painful?” You may have had an unpleasant experience with your initial surgery. Or, understandably, the idea of sore and swollen testicles could make you nervous. Thankfully, today’s advanced techniques greatly minimize tissue trauma and subsequent pain following the reversal. Most patients find that they have mild discomfort, which is managed well with oral medications for 2 to 3 days after.
A supportive garment similar to a jockstrap may be advised for you to wear for the first week or two. As a precaution, an antibiotic prescription is usually provided as well. You will be allowed to shower after 48 hours in most cases. Dissolvable sutures will be removed or fall out on their own after roughly 2 weeks. Baths, hot tubs, and swimming must be avoided for 2 weeks to reduce your infection risk.
Most men return to normal routines, including light work, such as an office job, within 3 to 5 days.
When Can You Exercise and Have Sex After a Vasectomy Reversal?
This question is most frequently asked by Sovereign patients, and we understand. For many, the whole point of undergoing the procedure is due to a desire to become pregnant with their partner.
You’ll want your procedure to be a success for the long term, so following post-operative restrictions carefully is key. Temporarily, you’ll be advised to avoid strenuous activity, cardio workouts, and sexual intercourse. Usually, the timeframe given is 2 to 3 weeks to allow your body more than enough time to heal. For strenuous workouts such as heavy weightlifting, you may be asked to wait 4 to 6 weeks.
How Soon Can You Make a Baby After Vasectomy Reversal?
Another question commonly asked regarding this procedure relates to the timeline of effectiveness. While a pregnancy could occur any time after the procedure, it often takes a little longer for pregnancy to result.
Testing your sperm count is one of the ways your urologist can assess you following the procedure to measure its success. Sperm will usually appear in the semen a few months after vasectomy reversal and may take a while to slowly increase.
Statistics show that about 50% to 60% of couples who try becoming pregnant after vasectomy reversal succeed within 2 years. Sperm tends to return to the semen faster when a reversal is done soon after a vasectomy. However, successful operations are also performed long after the initial one.
For people who are curious, a vasectomy can be done again following reversal surgery if desired.
Your surgeon will discuss the known risks and success rates with you, as well as a plan to monitor your recovery post-operatively.
What Are Possible Vasectomy Reversal Complications?
As with all invasive procedures, there are some considerations related to vasectomy reversal that your surgeon will discuss with you. These include rare instances of bleeding, infection, spermatic cord injury, and damage to the epididymis or testicles. Thankfully, this operation is straightforward in most cases, and complications are rare when adequate precautions are taken.
How Much Does a Vasectomy Reversal Cost in Toronto?
Unfortunately, Ontario’s government health plan (OHIP) does not pay for vasectomy reversal. To keep costs low, Sovereign Male includes the procedure, anaesthetic, facility fees, and all follow-up visits in one convenient price.
We also partner with reputable medical financing companies that can help offset the expense of undergoing the elective procedure of your choice. Approval for medical loans is typically fast and easy. Our staff will be more than happy to get you in touch and set up your next steps.
Schedule Your Consultation for Vasectomy Reversal at Sovereign Male
In our one-of-a-kind Toronto cosmetic clinic and wellness centre, we’ve gathered passionate medical specialists who understand the needs of our diverse clientele. Sovereign Male recognizes the unique concerns of men who want to look and feel their vibrant best.
We’ve created a welcoming, contemporary atmosphere geared toward men. We provide male staff who work particularly in areas such as male enhancement, hair transplants, and urology with sensitivity and discretion.
Your questions are always welcome, and you can count on honest, thorough advice and guidance no matter what you decide is right for you. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Why Sovereign Male?
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