My husband had a vasectomy over 10 years ago. What are the chances a reversal would work?

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More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on May 15, 2019

There are factors related to the skill of the surgeon and the quality of the fluid in the testicular side of the vas deferens at the time of the reversal. However, the success rate is approximately 40-50%.

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

There are factors related to the skill of the surgeon and the quality of the fluid in the testicular side of the vas deferens at the time of the reversal. However, the success rate is approximately 40-50%.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Wayne B. Glazier, MD, FACS

Published on Nov 22, 2016

There is a 45% Pregnancy rate.

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Answered by Wayne B. Glazier, MD, FACS

There is a 45% Pregnancy rate.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The younger he is, the better your chances. The shorter the time, the better the chances. It is possible that a reversal can still be successful. Testing and examination by a fertility specialist would be able to determine this.

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

The younger he is, the better your chances. The shorter the time, the better the chances. It is possible that a reversal can still be successful. Testing and examination by a fertility specialist would be able to determine this.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Steven K. Sterzer, MD

Published on Oct 26, 2016

In good hands, at least 60/40. Even if natural methods don't work, there is at least a 90% chance that good ejaculated sperm will be available for the best successful artificial insemination option. Go for it if you are serious about this.

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

In good hands, at least 60/40. Even if natural methods don't work, there is at least a 90% chance that good ejaculated sperm will be available for the best successful artificial insemination option. Go for it if you are serious about this.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Randy Brett Ackerman, MD

Published on Oct 25, 2016

After 10 years, the rate of successful vasectomy reversal (fathering a child) is between 20-30%.

Answered by Randy Brett Ackerman, MD (View Profile)

After 10 years, the rate of successful vasectomy reversal (fathering a child) is between 20-30%.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


At 10 years out, the chance of a vas-to-vas (VV) connection is about 65% and vas-to-epididymis (VE) is about 35%. For sperm returning in good numbers: VV both sides >90%, VE both sides 55-60%, and VV on one side and VE on the other it is about 75-80%.

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

At 10 years out, the chance of a vas-to-vas (VV) connection is about 65% and vas-to-epididymis (VE) is about 35%. For sperm returning in good numbers: VV both sides >90%, VE both sides 55-60%, and VV on one side and VE on the other it is about 75-80%.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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