Urology

Vasectomy Reversal

Although vasectomy should be considered an irreversible procedure, this is not technically true. Changing social circumstances may lead to a new desire for fertility. If a man has had a vasectomy in the past, the tubes may be reconnected by bypassing the scarred area that is associated with the previous vasectomy. This is done as an outpatient surgery, usually under general anesthesia.

There are various methods for doing a vasectomy reversal, and your surgeon will discuss the differences in each technique. Typically, insurance does not cover vasectomy reversal; the cost depends on location but is typically around $8,000 for everything, including consultation, surgery, and anesthesia.

Advantages:

  • Much less expensive than in vitro fertilization (IVF) or most reproductive technologies
  • Multiple pregnancies are possible after vasectomy reversal, unlike other reproductive technologies (in which each “cycle” is designed to result in one pregnancy and birth)

Disadvantages:

  • No sperm or sperm in low numbers, even if the vas is reconnected; this can be because of scarring, chronic congestion or the development of “anti-sperm antibodies.” If the vasectomy reversal “fails”, the patient will likely have to go on to IVF or an alternative reproductive technology.

William O. Brant, M.D., FECSM

Locations
Redstone Health Center (801) 213-2700
South Jordan Health Center
University Hospital (801) 213-2704

Specialties: Erectile Dysfunction, General Urology, Male Incontinence, Men's Health, Trauma and Reconstructive Urology, Urology, Vasectomy

Craig A. Ensign, P.A.

Locations
South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500

Specialties: General Urology, Physician Assistant, Urology

Blake D. Hamilton, M.D.

Locations
South Jordan Health Center
University Hospital (801) 581-7674

Specialties: Endourology, General Urology, Laparoscopy, Stone Disease, Urology, Vasectomy

James M. Hotaling, M.D., FECSM

Locations
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 587-1454

Specialties: Andrology, General Urology, Men's Health, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Urology

Jeremy B. Myers, M.D.

Locations
University Hospital (801) 213-2702

Specialties: Bladder Augmentation, Complications of Spinal Cord Injury, Complications of Urologic Surgery, Female Incontinence, General Urology, Mesh Erosion, Neurogenic Bladder, Pelvic Fractures and Urethral Injury, Radiation Injuries, Trauma and Reconstructive Urology, Ureteral Stricture, Urethral Stricture, Urinary Diversion, Urinary Strictures and Fistula, Urology, Vesicovaginal Fistula

Andrew W. Southwick, M.D.

Locations
South Jordan Health Center
University Hospital (801) 587-4888

Specialties: Endourology, General Urology, Laparoscopy, Stone Disease, Vasectomy

Kathryn M. Trueheart, PA-C, MPAS

Locations
Redstone Health Center
South Jordan Health Center

Specialties: Erectile Dysfunction, General Urology, Men's Health, Physician Assistant, Trauma and Reconstructive Urology, Urology