Can titanium clips be used with vasectomy fall off?

My husband got a vasectomy 2 months ago. We both kind of regret it, but he won't reverse it. Dr cut cauterized and used titanium clips. We kind of hope it would fail, can clips fall off and maybe regrow back together. What are titanium clips used for anyway?

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More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on May 02, 2017

Anything as you know is possible but the clips falling off, if properly applied, would be unusual. Keep in mind that before the clips are applied the vas deferens is usually cut and segment removed. So even if a clip "fell off" there still has been damage to the tube at both ends and scarring that may very well prevent recanalization of the vas in the event this happened.

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

Anything as you know is possible but the clips falling off, if properly applied, would be unusual. Keep in mind that before the clips are applied the vas deferens is usually cut and segment removed. So even if a clip "fell off" there still has been damage to the tube at both ends and scarring that may very well prevent recanalization of the vas in the event this happened.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Joseph Gillespie, M.D.

Published on Feb 07, 2017

Titanium clips are used as occlusive devices in surgery. They can be used on blood vessels or, in this case the vas deferens, to prevent a fluid from flowing. Metal clips can fall off, but it would be unlikely for both of them to fall off and for spontaneous regrowth to occur. Titanium is used because it is not magnetic and will not become dislodged in an MRI machine.

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Answered by Joseph Gillespie, M.D.

Titanium clips are used as occlusive devices in surgery. They can be used on blood vessels or, in this case the vas deferens, to prevent a fluid from flowing. Metal clips can fall off, but it would be unlikely for both of them to fall off and for spontaneous regrowth to occur. Titanium is used because it is not magnetic and will not become dislodged in an MRI machine.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Feb 07, 2017

The titanium clips are frequently not used to clip the vas deferens tubes, but rather the tissue adjacent to the tubes, so as to form an extra barrier between the ends of the tubes. So even if the clips fall off, which is rare, it is unlikely that that will be enough to allow the tubes to grow back together.

If you are serious about wanting to reverse the vasectomy, it would be good for you to go back to the urologist to discuss. If you had a family practitioner do the vasectomy, you can find a urologist on vasectomy.com, using the "Find a Doctor" tab. You can search by your region/location. Here it is: http://www.vasectomy.com/local

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

The titanium clips are frequently not used to clip the vas deferens tubes, but rather the tissue adjacent to the tubes, so as to form an extra barrier between the ends of the tubes. So even if the clips fall off, which is rare, it is unlikely that that will be enough to allow the tubes to grow back together.

If you are serious about wanting to reverse the vasectomy, it would be good for you to go back to the urologist to discuss. If you had a family practitioner do the vasectomy, you can find a urologist on vasectomy.com, using the "Find a Doctor" tab. You can search by your region/location. Here it is: http://www.vasectomy.com/local

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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