What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a medical procedure which helps couples give up other types of birth control and avoid having more children. It’s one of the most effective contraceptive procedures since only around two couples in 1000 still have a baby in the following year after a vasectomy. It’s a simple surgical procedure during which the doctor seals the tubes that come from each testicle in order to avoid the sperm to be mixed with the semen. The man can still have an erection and ejaculate but the woman will no longer get pregnant.
Having a vasectomy doesn’t mean that you will lose your sex drive or ability to have erections. You will still be able to ejaculate and feel the same pleasure while having an orgasm. You might experience only some mild aching in that area for a couple of months after the vasectomy.
You can choose to have this procedure done in a hospital or even a specific surgery center that your doctor recommends. You will get only a local anesthetic to numb the scrotum. You will be awake during this procedure and it’s usually done in about half an hour. Through a small hole in each side of your scrotum the doctor will seal or remove a small part of your vas deferens. The discomfort that you feel during the surgery is minimal.
How expensive is to reverse a vasectomy?
A surgery that implies reversing a vasectomy is available but it’s clearly a difficult procedure. Reversing a vasectomy implies reconnecting the vas deferens tubes that were cut during the initial vasectomy. Vasectomy reversal takes more than the initial vasectomy, so around 2 – 4 hours and might require spinal or general anesthesia.
So you will also need a few hours for recovery from the anesthetic but usually patients are allowed to go home during the same day. The recovery time is also a little longer than the recovery after the vasectomy but you will be able to resume most activities within 3 weeks.
Reversal vasectomy is a difficult procedure that must be performed in a hospital. The procedure is expensive and the costs are not usually covered by health insurance. The price varies from country to country, but it should be somewhere between $7000 and $8000 with all costs regarding this procedure taking into consideration. Most clinics will require a deposit at the moment you are scheduling the procedure.
The initial deposit is usually between $500 and $1000. Make sure that when you choose a place for having this procedure done you don’t focus only on the price since it’s a delicate and complex procedure. Try to read some reviews about the clinic you choose so you can have an idea about the quality of the services they provide.
The success of the reversal surgery depends on the time that has passed between the vasectomy and the reversal procedure. Additional blockages that might form in that area can make the reversal difficult or impossible.
There are also some antibodies that a man can also develop to their own sperm. If the vasectomy reversal fails there is another option available, that of removing sperm from one of the testicles, which can be used for in vitro fertilization. This procedure is also expensive and is not guaranteed to be successful.