Vasectomy Reversal Success Rate

This is a very important topic, because it should be noted that getting a reversal does not guarantee success. There are many reasons for the procedure not to be successful, and there are certain risk factors that can contribute to the procedure not working. All things being considered, we’ll look at what may or may not contribute the the success rate of vasectomy reversal.

Length Of Time Since The Vasectomy

This is one of the most misunderstood factors in the success of a reversal. While nobody argues that the length of time since having the vasectomy is irrelevant, it isn’t the most important factor. With that being said, however, there is a direct correlation with having a lower rate of success the more time passes. The sperm return rate is approximately 97% effective in patients who undergo reversal less than 3 years after the vasectomy, whereas it’s only around 70% effective for those waiting longer than 15 years.

Surgical Skill

Never underestimate the value of having an experienced urologist perform the vasectomy surgery. I’d suggest choosing a urologist with experience performing both vasectomies and reversals – for either procedure. They know what’s required for reversal and thus are more likely to take that into consideration during the initial operation.

The Vasectomy Technique Used

This is the most important factor in determining when this will work. Obviously, going through a vasoepididymostomy will lower your chances of getting a positive result significantly – but also where the vasectomy is performed makes a difference. Again, surgical skill and experience is invaluable. Vasectomies performed close to the testicle are more difficult to reverse.

Positive Factors Increasing Success Rates

  • Less than 10 years since the vasectory procedure.
  • Good fertility history. IE: You’ve been able to get pregnant with your partner in the past.
  • Live a health life, with good eating habits and an active lifestyle.

There are many things than can contribute to your chances to improve your reversal success rate, be sure to ask your doctor what your chances may be. In all cases, of course, it’s a best guess scenario but there are some things you could probably be doing right now to improve them.