How you prepare

When considering vasectomy reversal, here are a few things to think about:

  • Vasectomy reversal may be expensive, and your insurance might not cover it. Find out about costs ahead of time.
  • Vasectomy reversals are generally most successful when they're done by a surgeon who is trained in and uses microsurgical techniques.
  • The procedure is most successful when performed by a surgeon who has done the procedure many times.

When choosing a doctor, don't be afraid to ask questions about how many vasectomy reversals the doctor has done, the type of techniques used and how often the vasectomy reversals have resulted in pregnancy. Also ask about the risks and potential complications of the procedure.

Food and medications

Make sure you know what steps you need to take before surgery. Your doctor will probably ask you to stop taking certain medications, including blood-thinning medications and pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), because they can increase your risk of bleeding.

Clothing and personal items

Bring tight-fitting undergarments, such as an athletic supporter, to wear after surgery. This will support your scrotum and hold bandages in place.

Other precautions

Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. Surgery generally takes about three to four hours. You may need additional time to recover from anesthesia. Ask your doctor when you can expect to go home after surgery.