Vasectomy reversal surgery is performed under general anaesthetic with an operating microscope. It is a lot more difficult than vasectomy, and successful reversal and pregnancy cannot be guaranteed. This is particularly so once more than 8-10 years have passed from the time of your original vasectomy.
About Vasectomy Reversal
Mr Stephen Lindsay performs Vasectomy Reversal surgery at Bendigo Day Surgery under the operating microscope. Under a general anaesthetic a small incision is made in the front of the scrotum. The vasectomy site is found, and using the operating microscope the tied-off ends of the vas are rejoined. The skin is closed with absorbable suture. The surgery usually takes around 2-3 hours and you go home the same day. The waterproof dressing comes off after several days. There is no need for suture removal.
You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery.
Analgesia – you will be given a prescription for strong pain relief, and should stop at the chemist on the way home to pick this up. Take your pain relief before the local anaesthetic wears off. Paracetamol and anti-inflammatories can also be used as needed.
Resuming Physical Activity – Rest as much as possible. You will need to reduce physical activity (work, sport and sex) for your postoperative review appointment at 4 weeks to reduce the risks of bleeding and bruising, as this can cause failure of the reversal surgery.
Vasectomy Reversal surgery is not always successful. Even with everything going perfectly with the surgery and your postoperative care, pregnancy cannot be guaranteed.