Vasectomy reversal and success rates

Consultant Urologists Mr Donat and Mr Shukla perform vasectomy reversals at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals.

What's involved in vasectomy reversal surgery (reversal of male sterilisation)?

A vasectomy reversal is an operation to re-join each of the tubes (vasa deferentia) that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. These were cut during your vasectomy operation.

A vasectomy reversal operation is usually done under general anaesthesia, which means that you will be asleep throughout the procedure and will feel no pain. This is used because it is important that you are completely still during this delicate procedure.

It is important to understand that not all vasectomy reversal operations are successful and your surgeon will advise you of your options.

Is vasectomy reversal available on the NHS?

Reversal of male sterilisation or vasectomy reversal surgery is currently being restricted by the NHS in some areas of the UK and waiting lists are becoming significantly longer. For these reasons many people opt for private vasectomy surgery.

Why should I consider having a vasectomy reversal at a Spire hospital?

Whether you have medical insurance or are paying for your treatment yourself, with Spire Healthcare you will be seen quickly by the consultant-grade surgeon of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital with some of the UK's highest standards of cleanliness and infection control.

Vasectomy reversal success rates

Consultant Urologist Mr Roland Donat performs vasectomy reversal at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals. This service may be required or requested by patients wishing to undergo fertility treatment who have had a vasectomy. The following success rates reflect Mr Donat’s practice at Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh, over the last 5 years. (Data based on total of 135 patients with semen analysis outcomes available for 119, data drawn on 16th February 2013. Patients treated in 2007-2012).

Years after vasectomy Patient number Post-operative patency Patency percentage (%)
1-3 13 13 100%
4-6 31 30 97%
7-9 29 25 86%
10-12 20 19 95%
13-15 11 9 82%
16-18 6 5 83%
>19 9 4 44%
TOTAL 119 105 88%

Patency rates reflect the number of patients with sperm reappearing in the seminal fluid following vasectomy reversal. Patency rates are generally higher than pregnancy rates (by 20% or more, depending on the age of the female partner and the quality of the sperm). Mr Donat does not have information on subsequent pregnancy rates as patients are discharged back to their general practitioner following successful vasectomy reversal.

For more information about Mr Donat click here to view his consultant profile. 

For more information about Mr Shukla click here to view his consultant profile.

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