What are the risks of having a vasectomy twice?

I had a vasectomy 4 years ago and a vasectomy reversal a year after. We are done having children now. Would a second vasectomy be too risky?

Answers from doctors (10)


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

No

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on May 08, 2019

Usually none. There is ample laxity in the vas deferens, so you won't notice anything from this perspective. Any second procedure is a bit more difficult and may cause a fraction increase in the rate of complications, but this is small. I have done a vasectomy, a reversal, and then a vasectomy on the same patient without any significant consequence.

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

Usually none. There is ample laxity in the vas deferens, so you won't notice anything from this perspective. Any second procedure is a bit more difficult and may cause a fraction increase in the rate of complications, but this is small. I have done a vasectomy, a reversal, and then a vasectomy on the same patient without any significant consequence.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Mar 16, 2016

No. The procedure requires some more attention, because a "virgin" (untouched) area of the vas deferens (the tube caring the sperm) must be found to do the vasectomy. The procedure will usually require a little more manipulation and time, so the risks are theoretically a little higher. But practically, the patients usually have the same experience. In fact, in experienced hands, the no-needle anesthesia technique can still usually be used.

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

No. The procedure requires some more attention, because a "virgin" (untouched) area of the vas deferens (the tube caring the sperm) must be found to do the vasectomy. The procedure will usually require a little more manipulation and time, so the risks are theoretically a little higher. But practically, the patients usually have the same experience. In fact, in experienced hands, the no-needle anesthesia technique can still usually be used.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Published on Aug 02, 2015

Not risky but can be difficult to do in office. The procedure may be better done in operating room as day surgery.

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Answered by Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Not risky but can be difficult to do in office. The procedure may be better done in operating room as day surgery.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Neil H. Baum, MD

Published on Jul 29, 2015

Not at all. It can certianly be repeated without consequences. Just a word of counsel: be certain that you really mean it this time! :)

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Answered by Neil H. Baum, MD

Not at all. It can certianly be repeated without consequences. Just a word of counsel: be certain that you really mean it this time! :)

Published on Jul 11, 2012


George Suarez, MD, FACS, FAAP

Published on Jul 29, 2015

No, a second vasectomy would not be a problem.

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Answered by George Suarez, MD, FACS, FAAP

No, a second vasectomy would not be a problem.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Steven K. Sterzer, MD

Published on Jul 29, 2015

It is no more risky than your first one was. I've performed many second vasectomies in my career without a problem, as well one third vasectomy!

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

It is no more risky than your first one was. I've performed many second vasectomies in my career without a problem, as well one third vasectomy!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Michael J. Karasis, MD

Published on Jul 29, 2015

If your health is otherwise good, No.

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Answered by Michael J. Karasis, MD

If your health is otherwise good, No.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Jul 29, 2015

Not risky.

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Not risky.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 29, 2015

Yes, you can have second vasectomy done if you desire so for Family Planning. There are no additional risk to have a second vasectomy done for you.

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Answered by Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

Yes, you can have second vasectomy done if you desire so for Family Planning. There are no additional risk to have a second vasectomy done for you.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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