Is the vasecetomy reversal procedure as quick as the vasectomy?

Answers from doctors (8)


Not at all. It takes up to an hour per side to reverse a vasectomy under general anesthesia.

Answered by Mark J. Saslawsky, MD - Memphis Office (View Profile)

Not at all. It takes up to an hour per side to reverse a vasectomy under general anesthesia.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS

Published on Apr 30, 2019

Hi, a vasectomy reversal should be performed with an operating microscope as the connection that needs to be made is too small to just use your eyes. It is delicate and, generally, if done well, should take about 2-3 hours.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Robert Oates, Boston

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

Hi, a vasectomy reversal should be performed with an operating microscope as the connection that needs to be made is too small to just use your eyes. It is delicate and, generally, if done well, should take about 2-3 hours.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Robert Oates, Boston

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Apr 19, 2019

No, on average a reversal takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours and requires a microscope and microscopic suture.

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

No, on average a reversal takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours and requires a microscope and microscopic suture.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Roscoe S. Nelson, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 31, 2015

No! It takes a few hours and is usually done in a surgery center under a microscope and with some type of anesthesia. That's why it's so much more expensive.

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Answered by Roscoe S. Nelson, MD, FACS

No! It takes a few hours and is usually done in a surgery center under a microscope and with some type of anesthesia. That's why it's so much more expensive.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


George Suarez, MD, FACS, FAAP

Published on Jul 29, 2015

No, a reversal is a couple of hours procedure that is done with a microscope in the O.R. It may take 1 to 2 hours, but it is still an outpatient procedure.

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Answered by George Suarez, MD, FACS, FAAP

No, a reversal is a couple of hours procedure that is done with a microscope in the O.R. It may take 1 to 2 hours, but it is still an outpatient procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Michael J. Karasis, MD

Published on Jul 29, 2015

No. a reversal is considerably longer. Typically taking several hours.

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Answered by Michael J. Karasis, MD

No. a reversal is considerably longer. Typically taking several hours.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Jul 29, 2015

Vasectomy 15-20 minutes
Reversal 2.5-3.5 hours

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Vasectomy 15-20 minutes
Reversal 2.5-3.5 hours

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 29, 2015

No reversal of vasectomy is done under microscope ,it is more time consuming compared to vasectomy.

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Answered by Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

No reversal of vasectomy is done under microscope ,it is more time consuming compared to vasectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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