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What You Should Know About Vasectomy Reversals

Making major decisions in life—like getting a vasectomy—don’t have to remain permanent. A vasectomy is a procedure that prevents sperm from exiting a man’s body and impregnating his partner. It is basically sterilization. The good news for many men though it is considered permanent is that it can be reversed should he change his mind. What you should know about vasectomy reversals.

Why a Vasectomy Reversal?

Five hundred thousand men choose to have a vasectomy each year in the US. Having a vasectomy too early in life can lead to regret. Sometimes a marriage ends, and a man enters into a new relationship where having a family is paramount. Other times a child is lost. And sometimes, a man just changes his mind later in life.

Reversal is a Low-Risk Outpatient Procedure

A vasectomy reversal is performed at an outpatient clinic by a urologist, and you can return home afterward. Be sure your surgeon has expertise in doing vasectomies andUrologist speaking with young man. reversals like Dr. Nannan Thirumavalavan in Cleveland, OH.

It is a minimally invasive surgery with low risk, and it takes approximately 4 hours to perform under general anesthesia. . It is best to wait for about 3 to 4 weeks before having sexual intercourse again to thoroughly heal.

What Procedures Does Dr. Thirumavalavan perform?

Dr. Thirumavalavan utilizes microsurgery techniques, which improves success rates for a vasectomy reversal. Dr. Thirumavalavan is skilled at performing both the vaso-vasostomy and vaso-epididymostomy procedure, which is a complex bypass required in some cases

Most Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Reversals

Talk with your insurance company to see if your plan will cover any of the costs of fertility care after a vasectomy, or a vasectomy reversal. Most do not. .

Vasectomy Reversals Are Successful

Successful vasectomy reversals can be as high as 90% if the original surgery was performed less than 10 years ago. That rate begins to decline after 10 years.

Other reasons your reversal could be compromised:

  • The health of your sperm
  • Your partner’s age is a factor
  • Fertility issues of both you and your partner
  • If time is a factor, you can opt for a sperm retrieval procedure separately, or at the same time as the vasectomy reversal as a backup option, to facilitate in-vitro fertilization.

Contact Nannan Thirumavalavan at (216) 285-5036. If you are considering a vasectomy reversal procedure. We will walk you through the process and give you all your options.


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