I went through vasectomy in 2012 after I had three kids. I would like to have a reversal. Is that possible?

I unfortunately lost two children in a car accident in 2014.

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More About Doctor Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS

Published on Apr 26, 2019

It is absolutely possible and quite successful when those of us who are experts in vasectomy reversal perform the surgery. Of course, your partner's age and fertility potential are important predictors of pregnancy. But when a reversal is performed and sperm are in the ejaculate, every single month there is an opportunity for pregnancy. So sorry for your devastating loss.

Hope this information helps,

Dr. Robert Oates, Boston

Answered by Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS (View Profile)

It is absolutely possible and quite successful when those of us who are experts in vasectomy reversal perform the surgery. Of course, your partner's age and fertility potential are important predictors of pregnancy. But when a reversal is performed and sperm are in the ejaculate, every single month there is an opportunity for pregnancy. So sorry for your devastating loss.

Hope this information helps,

Dr. Robert Oates, Boston

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Apr 18, 2019

It is possible and commonly done, but pregnancy isn't assured. This link gives the success rates depending on the years since the vasectomy:
http://gavasectomyreversal.com/reversal-success-rates/

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

It is possible and commonly done, but pregnancy isn't assured. This link gives the success rates depending on the years since the vasectomy:
http://gavasectomyreversal.com/reversal-success-rates/

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Ranjith Ramasamy M.D.

Published on Apr 15, 2016

I am sorry for your loss--definitely tragic. Yes, it is possible to have a reversal with good success since the interval since vasectomy is short. The decision between vasectomy reversal and sperm retrieval along with assisted reproduction should be decided as a couple and depends on maternal factors as well.

Answered by Ranjith Ramasamy M.D. (View Profile)

I am sorry for your loss--definitely tragic. Yes, it is possible to have a reversal with good success since the interval since vasectomy is short. The decision between vasectomy reversal and sperm retrieval along with assisted reproduction should be decided as a couple and depends on maternal factors as well.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


I am very sorry to hear about your family tragedy. You have the following options: a vasectomy reversal or sperm extraction combined with IVF/ICSI.

Answered by Shane T. Russell, MD - Westerville Office (View Profile)

I am very sorry to hear about your family tragedy. You have the following options: a vasectomy reversal or sperm extraction combined with IVF/ICSI.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Mar 21, 2016

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, of course a vasectomy reversal is possible. You can find more detailed information on this website in the vasectomy reversal section.

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

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, of course a vasectomy reversal is possible. You can find more detailed information on this website in the vasectomy reversal section.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Jul 03, 2015

Absolutely possible and in fact with a better than 90% success rate in your case.

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Absolutely possible and in fact with a better than 90% success rate in your case.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


I am very sorry to hear about your family tragedy. You do have 2 options to have children biologically related to you: vasectomy reversal as well as a sperm extraction combined with IVF.

Answered by Shane T. Russell, MD - Cincinnati Office (View Profile)

I am very sorry to hear about your family tragedy. You do have 2 options to have children biologically related to you: vasectomy reversal as well as a sperm extraction combined with IVF.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Ronald E. Anglade, MD

Published on Jul 01, 2015

First of all, I am very sorry for your loss. The good news is that in the hands of a urologist with microsurgical training the sucess rate of a vasectomy reversal is greater than 90%, since your vasectomy is less than 5 yrs old. I would suggest seeking out a urologist with microsurgical training in your area.

Answered by Ronald E. Anglade, MD (View Profile)

First of all, I am very sorry for your loss. The good news is that in the hands of a urologist with microsurgical training the sucess rate of a vasectomy reversal is greater than 90%, since your vasectomy is less than 5 yrs old. I would suggest seeking out a urologist with microsurgical training in your area.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Neil H. Baum, MD

Published on Jul 01, 2015

That is such a sad story and such a tragedy. A reversal is certainly possible and the good news is that since your vasectomy occurred 3 years ago, the likelihood of success is very favorable.

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Answered by Neil H. Baum, MD

That is such a sad story and such a tragedy. A reversal is certainly possible and the good news is that since your vasectomy occurred 3 years ago, the likelihood of success is very favorable.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Michael J. Karasis, MD

Published on Jul 01, 2015

Yes, reversal is possible but keep in mind the success for reversal goes down more each year after the second year post- vasectomy You would have to be examined to be able to gain any more information about you specifically

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Answered by Michael J. Karasis, MD

Yes, reversal is possible but keep in mind the success for reversal goes down more each year after the second year post- vasectomy You would have to be examined to be able to gain any more information about you specifically

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 01, 2015

In a man of proven fertility, only three years since vasectomy, reversal in the hands of an experienced microsurgeon will result in sperm return to the semen in 99% of cases. The pregnancy rates are lower, 50-80% and dependent on age of female partner.
The most important factors are time since vasectomy, female partner age and experience and skill of the microsurgeon.

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Answered by Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

In a man of proven fertility, only three years since vasectomy, reversal in the hands of an experienced microsurgeon will result in sperm return to the semen in 99% of cases. The pregnancy rates are lower, 50-80% and dependent on age of female partner.
The most important factors are time since vasectomy, female partner age and experience and skill of the microsurgeon.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Published on Jul 01, 2015

Very sorry for your loss. Fortunately, your timing for a reversal is excellent for a successful outcome. Try to fend a urologist who is fellowship trained.

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Answered by Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Very sorry for your loss. Fortunately, your timing for a reversal is excellent for a successful outcome. Try to fend a urologist who is fellowship trained.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Ira D. Sharlip, MD

Published on Jul 01, 2015

Yes. If you have a reversal within 3 years after vasectomy there is better than 90% chance that sperm can be restored to the semen. The chance for pregnancy is less than 90% and depends on the age and fertility status of your female partner.

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Answered by Ira D. Sharlip, MD

Yes. If you have a reversal within 3 years after vasectomy there is better than 90% chance that sperm can be restored to the semen. The chance for pregnancy is less than 90% and depends on the age and fertility status of your female partner.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Ravi Kacker, MD

Published on Jul 01, 2015

Reversal after 2 years is usually possible and more often successful than not. Best wishes to you and your family.

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Answered by Ravi Kacker, MD

Reversal after 2 years is usually possible and more often successful than not. Best wishes to you and your family.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 01, 2015

Yes it can be done, insurance does not cover the procedure

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Answered by Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

Yes it can be done, insurance does not cover the procedure

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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