Vasectomy Reversal Procedure


​Reversing a vasectomy can restore your fertility by rejoining the vas deferns tubes that were cut during a vasectomy

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What is a vasectomy reversal?

This a procedure for someone who has already had a vasectomy which involves cutting and sealing your vas deferens — the tubes that carry the sperm from your testicles. This prevents sperm from mixing with your semen. Vasectomy reversal surgery is a delicate procedure to rejoin these tubes and allow sperm to flow through them, reversing the actions of the original vasectomy procedure.

Need to know

Vasectomy reversal surgery is usually done under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a small cut on each side of your scrotum, allowing them to examine the sealed vas deferens and remove any scar tissue. They'll check that the tubes still contain fluid from the testicles.

If fluid is still present they will use a technique called vasovasotomy to rejoin the tubes using a microscope and tiny stitches. If your surgeon finds that the tubes are 'dry', they'll use a technique called vasoepididymostomy to attach them directly to the tubes that collect sperm in each testicle.

The procedure can take up to two hours and you will need to stay in hospital for a day or sometimes overnight.

It's not always possible for a vasectomy reversal to fully restore your fertility. If you and your partner find it difficult to conceive, it may be possible to retrieve sperm directly from your testicles for IVF treatment. Your consultant will explain your options to you.

Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you need to avoid eating and drinking before the procedure. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

You'll usually be able to go home the same day as your procedure. It's normal to feel some discomfort or tenderness in the area for a few days following surgery. Your consultant will recommend some things you can do to stay as comfortable as possible, such as wearing supportive underwear.

Your consultant will advise you of the length of recovery and let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work.

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Cost Of a Private Vasectomy Reversal

Hospital stay and procedure

Prices from

£ 3,653

subject to the specifics of your treatment as recommended by your consultant.

Expected length of stay

1 night


Before admission

  • Pre-assessment

During your hospital stay

  • Accommodation in a standard room as quoted above.
  • Routine admission tests
  • Patient meals are included but not transferable.
  • Nursing care and facilities
  • Theatre fees, drugs and dressings
  • Removal of stitches, dressing and plaster as required.
  • Take home medication


  • Any additional nights in hospital not described in the above.
  • Specialist nursing above and beyond required level of care.
  • Any post-operative treatments/consultations which may be required.
  • Any additional or more complex procedures not included in our initial agreement.
  • Any readmission due to complications will result in additional charges in line with our standard prices.
  • Personal costs including visitors’ meals and drinks as well as newspapers.
  • Any costs not specified as included.

Fertility treatment at the Lister Fertility Clinic

Vasectomy reversal may be offered by our urologists in conjunction with a surgical sperm retrieval procedure.

The key factors that decide whether to attempt a reversal or proceed straight to assisted reproduction with ICSI are:

  • the age of the female partner
  • the time since the vasectomy procedure

Although the time since vasectomy does not affect the chances of successful fertility treatment with surgically retrieved sperm, it does significantly impact on the chances of a successful vasectomy reversal.

One study has demonstrated over 70% pregnancy success if performed within three years of the original vasectomy; this drops to 50% or less thereafter. If there has been an extended period since the original vasectomy or if maternal age has increased, the Lister Fertility Clinic would recommend assisted reproduction as first-line treatment.

Vasectomy Reversal Procedure Consultants

Mr Hussain Alnajjar

Mr Hussain Alnajjar


Mr Raj Nigam

Mr Raj Nigam


Mr Guy Webster

Mr Guy Webster


Mr Alan Doherty

Mr Alan Doherty


Our Vasectomy Reversal Procedure locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.