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Vasectomy reversal

Reversal of male sterilisation

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

About

A vasectomy involves cutting and sealing your vas deferns — 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.

Need to know

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    Vasectomy reversal surgery is usually done under general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep during the procedure. Your surgeon will make a small cut on each side of your scrotum, allowing them to examine the sealed vas deferns and remove any scar tissue. They'll check that the tubes still contain fluid from the testicles. If so, they'll 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.
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    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.
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    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. They'll let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work. 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.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
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Our consultants

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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