How long does the vasectomy reversal procedure take?

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Wayne B. Glazier, MD, FACS

Published on Apr 30, 2019

A vasectomy reversal takes roughly 2-4 hours depending on anatomy, prior surgery, and location of prior vasectomy.

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Answered by Wayne B. Glazier, MD, FACS

A vasectomy reversal takes roughly 2-4 hours depending on anatomy, prior surgery, and location of prior vasectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS

Published on Apr 25, 2019

When performed by a skilled surgeon, a vasectomy reversal generally takes about 2-3 hours.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Robert Oates, Boston

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

When performed by a skilled surgeon, a vasectomy reversal generally takes about 2-3 hours.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Robert Oates, Boston

Published on Jul 11, 2012


If your surgeon is using the latest microsurgical techniques, a reversal should take about 2.5 hours of operative time.

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

If your surgeon is using the latest microsurgical techniques, a reversal should take about 2.5 hours of operative time.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Anand Shridharani, MD

Published on Sep 20, 2015

The reversal procedure can take anywhere from 2 - 4 hours depending on the type of connection made to reconnect your vas deferens (tube cut during vasectomy). Procedure times are usually less when the vas is connected to itself after sperm is confirmed at the cut end. If sperm is not confirmed at the cut end then the vas is connected a smaller tube near the testicle that is more likely to have sperm. When the smaller tube is connected to the vas this takes longer and requires a well trained microsurgeon. Regardless, your surgeon should take as long as they need to give you the best chance for success.

Answered by Anand Shridharani, MD (View Profile)

The reversal procedure can take anywhere from 2 - 4 hours depending on the type of connection made to reconnect your vas deferens (tube cut during vasectomy). Procedure times are usually less when the vas is connected to itself after sperm is confirmed at the cut end. If sperm is not confirmed at the cut end then the vas is connected a smaller tube near the testicle that is more likely to have sperm. When the smaller tube is connected to the vas this takes longer and requires a well trained microsurgeon. Regardless, your surgeon should take as long as they need to give you the best chance for success.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Keith Levinson, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

Usually 2 to 3 hours.

Answered by Keith Levinson, MD (View Profile)

Usually 2 to 3 hours.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

The procedure itself is about 3 hours.

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

The procedure itself is about 3 hours.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Michael J. Karasis, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

About 4 hours

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Answered by Michael J. Karasis, MD

About 4 hours

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

About 4 hours.

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Answered by Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

About 4 hours.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Steven K. Sterzer, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

A proper reversal requires meticulous suturing using a high power binocular surgical microscope. This usually requires 2 or more hours to perform, sometimes with general anesthesia. Recovering to full activities usually is 7-10 days.

Answered by Steven K. Sterzer, MD (View Profile)

A proper reversal requires meticulous suturing using a high power binocular surgical microscope. This usually requires 2 or more hours to perform, sometimes with general anesthesia. Recovering to full activities usually is 7-10 days.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


If done using the latest microsurgical techniques, it should take around 2.5 hours.

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

If done using the latest microsurgical techniques, it should take around 2.5 hours.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Ronald E. Anglade, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

This depends on the complexity of the individual situation,
However, anywhere from 90mins to 3-4hrs is possible.

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

This depends on the complexity of the individual situation,
However, anywhere from 90mins to 3-4hrs is possible.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

About 3-4 hours

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

About 3-4 hours

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Leonid Kotkin, MD

Published on Aug 31, 2015

It takes around 2 hours

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Answered by Leonid Kotkin, MD

It takes around 2 hours

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

Published on Aug 31, 2015

The procedure has been available for many years and it takes at least 2 hours when done by an experienced surgeon under a Microscope.

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Answered by Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

The procedure has been available for many years and it takes at least 2 hours when done by an experienced surgeon under a Microscope.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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