Men’s Health

Vasectomy Reversal in Cleveland, OH

Of the 500,000 American men who undergo vasectomies each year, about 1,500 of these men will change their mind and request a vasectomy reversal. There can be many reasons, but mostly because their circumstances have changed and they wish to become fertile again. Cleveland area urologist Dr. Nannan Thirumavalavan is the go-to male vasectomy reversal specialist in the Cleveland area. He is board-certified and has extensive experience with vasectomy reversals, including expertise in the two-layer, microsurgical technique.

If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal, you deserve exceptional care and the dedication and expertise of a qualified surgeon. At Cleveland Men’s Health, the gifted surgeon Dr. Thirumavalavan combines the most advanced technology, tools, and techniques with a friendly nature and many years of valuable experience. Most vasectomy reversals are successful and can help you be fertile again. Start with your personal consultation, and call your nearest location today. We have several urology clinics throughout Cleveland.

Call (216) 285-5036 to request an appointment with Dr. Thirumavalavan Today!

What Is a Vasectomy Reversal?

Vasectomy reversal is surgery to undo a vasectomy. During the procedure, a surgeon reconnects each tube (vas deferens) that carries sperm from a testicle into the semen.

How Does a Vasectomy Reversal Work?

A vasectomy procedure involves the cutting of the vas deferens. These tubes are what allows the sperm to travel from a testicle into the semen. During a vasectomy reversal, Dr. Thirumavalavan will reconnect the tubes of the vas deferens in order to restore its connection between the sperm and semen. Though the vasectomy itself is a quick procedure that can be done in the office, the reversal is a significantly longer procedure that requires an operating microscope and tiny sutures.

The restoration of the vas deferens can be accomplished in two different ways:

  • Vasovasostomy: sewing the severed ends of the vas deferens back together.
  • Vasoepididymostomy: attaching the vas deferens directly to the epididymis, which is the organ that holds a man’s storage of sperm.

The decision of which of the two connections you will require is made in the operating room, after Dr. Thirumavalavan looks at your anatomy and your sperm under a microscope.

What are the Chances of Success?

A vasectomy reversal will not always be successful. Factors that influence the outcome of a vasectomy reversal are:

  • Length of time since vasectomy procedure: the more time that has passed, the less likely the vasectomy reversal will be to work
  • Your partner and their age
  • Your age
  • Prior surgeries near the affected area (hernia, prostate resection, etc.)

How Do You Prepare for Your Vasectomy Reversal?

A vasectomy reversal procedure typically takes around  four hours or longer, and you should arrange to have someone drive you home after your procedure.

Vasectomy reversal doesn’t usually involve an overnight stay.

What can You Expect After a Vasectomy Reversal?

After surgery, you can go home the same day. We recommend not performing any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 2 weeks after the procedure. 2 to 3 months after after the vasectomy reversal, you will attend a follow up appointment to provide a semen sample that your doctor will examine to determine whether or not the procedure was effective.

A Second Attempt

If your first attempt at a vasectomy reversal was unsuccessful, you can still try again. Sometimes, the surgery will prove ineffective due to a blockage that has formed within the vas deferens, or from other various complications.

Schedule Your Appointment with Cleveland’s Vasectomy Reversal Expert

When picking a surgeon to perform a vasectomy reversal, it is important to pick a surgeon who specializes in microsurgery and more specifically microsurgical vasectomy reversal, like Dr. Thirumavalavan. If you are interested in having a vasectomy reversal, please schedule a consultation with our urology clinic in Cleveland by calling (216) 285-5036 today!


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