Q13. What are the risks of a vasectomy reversal?

A13. All surgery comes with a small amount of risk. Complications are rare but they can happen and this is something to be aware of when making your decision. Vasectomy reversal is a commonly performed and safe procedure and the chance of something going wrong is rare. But a small minority of people do experience complications which include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding within your scrotum
  • Build up of fluid in your scrotum
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Pinched nerves or scarring resulting in long term pain
  • Bad reaction to the anaesthetic
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

These can occur during or after surgery. This is discussed further in our risks of vasectomy reversal section.

FAQS Index : A guide to Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy Reversal FAQs

  1. What is a vasectomy reversal?
  2. Can a vasectomy reversal be performed as keyhole surgery?
  3. Can I have a local anaesthetic?
  4. Am I a suitable candidate for a vasectomy reversal?
  5. If I am not suitable then is there an alternative?
  6. How successful is vasectomy reversal?
  7. What are the failure rates for vasectomy reversal?
  8. How much does a vasectomy reversal cost?
  9. Will the NHS pay for a vasectomy reversal?
  10. How long does a vasectomy reversal take?
  11. Which procedure will I need?
  1. If my vasectomy reversal fails, can I have a second procedure?
  2. What are the risks of a vasectomy reversal?
  3. What is the recovery time after a vasectomy reversal?
  4. How much time will I need off work?
  5. When can I have sex after surgery?
  6. How will I know if I am fertile?
  7. Will my partner become pregnant following my surgery?
  8. How long should I wait before having a vasectomy reversal?
  9. Why is it more difficult than a vasectomy?

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