Is it possible to have my entire vas deferens removed?

Vasectomies can and sometimes do fail. For this reason, I would like to have my entire vas deferens removed. Is this possible?

Answers from doctors (3)


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Mar 11, 2019

Removing your entire vas deferens could be attempted but there is no reason for this. Plus, it would be very difficult. If you were concerned about recanalization after a vasectomy, you could speak to the urologist about removing a larger section than usual, using clips and possibly placing tissue between the two cut areas of the vas...in addition to what is usually done. The chances of a vasectomy failing are 1 in 2,000.

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

Removing your entire vas deferens could be attempted but there is no reason for this. Plus, it would be very difficult. If you were concerned about recanalization after a vasectomy, you could speak to the urologist about removing a larger section than usual, using clips and possibly placing tissue between the two cut areas of the vas...in addition to what is usually done. The chances of a vasectomy failing are 1 in 2,000.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Dec 30, 2015

To remove the entire vas deferens would become major surgery, and this has never been practiced. It is an unrealistic expectation and a properly done simple vasectomy should be quite adequate.

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

To remove the entire vas deferens would become major surgery, and this has never been practiced. It is an unrealistic expectation and a properly done simple vasectomy should be quite adequate.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Dec 30, 2015

Yes, but it would not be recommended.

While the likelihood of sterility would likely be increased, the procedure would be a much riskier proposition because the surgery would be dramatically more extensive, extending within the scrotum and deep into the body to extract all of the vas deferens. The vas travels all the way and connects to an organ called the seminal vesicle, which is located between the bladder and the rectum. Of course, full anesthesia would also be required.

Answered by Theodore V. Benderev, MD (View Profile)

Yes, but it would not be recommended.

While the likelihood of sterility would likely be increased, the procedure would be a much riskier proposition because the surgery would be dramatically more extensive, extending within the scrotum and deep into the body to extract all of the vas deferens. The vas travels all the way and connects to an organ called the seminal vesicle, which is located between the bladder and the rectum. Of course, full anesthesia would also be required.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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