Vasectomy and vasectomy reversal surgery provide men with important birth control and family planning options
Men who are looking for a method of permanent sterilization should discuss a vasectomy with our Dallas urologists. This surgery is a popular choice; in fact, it is the choice of more than 500,000 men in the United States each year. A vasectomy is a very safe, low cost and effective method of permanent sterilization.
There are also occasions when a man may want to have his vasectomy reversed. This is a more difficult surgery, best performed by a doctor with experience and expertise in this type of surgery. One of our Dallas urologists, Dr. Dan French, has fellowship training in male infertility and microsurgery, so he has the level of expertise and experience necessary to make this procedure a success.
A no-scalpel vasectomy is as effective as a conventional vasectomy with less bleeding and fewer complications
A no-scalpel vasectomy is an outpatient procedure our Dallas urologists perform in our office, allowing the patient to go home the same day. During this procedure, you will be given local anesthesia to numb the area. If general anesthesia is desired, this can be arranged to be administered in the office with advance notice.
The surgeon is able to perform the surgery through one small opening in the scrotum. The vas deferens is gently delivered through this opening and sealed. The surgeon also removes part of the vas deferens to further assure that the permanent sterilization is a success. The tiny opening in the scrotum is closed with a single, dissolvable stitch. The vasectomy itself only takes about 10 -20 minutes.
Most men can return to work after only a few days of rest.
Microsurgery offers the best results for vasectomy reversal
Reversing a vasectomy is more complicated than the vasectomy itself, and the procedure takes longer. The success of a vasectomy reversal depends on many factors, including:
- How many years it’s been since your vasectomy
- Whether or not there were previous groin surgeries
- Fertility status prior to the vasectomy
In addition, one of the most critical factors in the success of a vasectomy reversal is the skill and experience of the surgeon, the kind of experience our male infertility fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. French, offers.
Microsurgical vasectomy reversal offers the best results. The surgery is usually outpatient, but must be performed under general or spinal anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 2 to 4 hours.
Choosing to have a vasectomy or a vasectomy reversal is a major decision for a man and his partner. Our Dallas urologists have the ability to provide patients with the finest care and surgical techniques. Contact us today for an appointment.