Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP




How is a Vasovasostomy Performed?

A vasovasostomy is one type of a vasectomy reversal. The surgeon stitches the two ends of your vas deferens, which were cut apart during the original vasectomy, back together. This allows the sperm to travel to the semen. If you’ve changed your mind about having children later in life or want more children, talk to a doctor about a vasectomy reversal at a Montreal clinic to find out if you’re a good candidate.

What Happens During a Vasectomy Reversal?

A vasovasostomy is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. It can take about three to four hours to repair both vas deferens. The surgeon makes a small incision in the scrotum. You are prescribed antibiotics before the procedure to keep the risk of infection low. The surgeon leaves a small drain in the scrotum to allow for drainage. This minimizes the risk of swelling. You’ll have a follow-up appointment the day after the surgery to remove the drain.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Vasectomy Reversal?

You will need to have someone drive you home from the surgery. Once you get home, you should relax and rest for about 48 hours. If you do have discomfort, you can take Tylenol and Celebrex. Ice can also help the discomfort and reduce any swelling. You should wait about two weeks before resuming any low-impact activities. If you are very physically active or need to engage in strenuous work, you should wait four weeks before resuming those activities.

How Successful is a Vasectomy Reversal at our Montreal Clinic?

The longer it has been since your vasectomy, the lower the success rate, but even with men who had a vasectomy 15 years ago or longer, our success rate is 70%. Pregnancy success rates are harder to quantify, because success depends on many other factors. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about your goals and your partner’s health, to make sure that a vasectomy reversal is the best option.

Make an appointment to discuss a vasovasostomy at our Montreal clinic with Dr. Jean-Philippe Bercier.