Vasectomy Recovery Time

A vasectomy is a permanent birth control option chosen by many men each year. It’s estimated that 500,000 men choose this procedure each year in the U.S. alone. It’s chosen by men who either don’t want any more children or who don’t want to birth children at all.

Vasectomies have a near one-hundred percent success rate and most reversal processes are unreliable but they can be done. This makes the procedure so popular. In addition, vasectomy recovery time can take anywhere from two days to a week; a man often returns to work almost immediately following the procedure.

A vasectomy takes less than thirty minutes and is performed using a local anesthetic. It is performed in an outpatient capacity and is much less complex than female infertility methods. Because of the simplicity of the procedure, the vasectomy recovery time, while varied from man to man, is much shorter than other surgical procedures. This is one of the major reasons this is a preferred method of permanent birth control for a couple.

What the Recovery Time Depends On

Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

Making the decision to have a vasectomy surgical procedure is one of the most serious decisions that a male can make in regards to his future, as being a father is an incredibly important decision that can never be entered into lightly.

Decisions to Make

Equally important to the decision to have children is the decision not to have children or, in most cases, not to have any more children. There are simply far too many concerns a family must face when deciding on whether or not to have any additional children to enter into expanding the family that precautions must be taken.

For certain people, the concept of using birth control has some uneasiness to it because of the possibility of failure. For such individuals, a more radical procedure will be undertaken so as to reduce the possibility of error of an unexpected pregnancy. For these individuals, a vasectomy surgery proves to be the best possible option.

What a Vasectomy is

What Is Laser Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is basically a simple operation that makes a man unable to biologically father a child. What is done is simply the cutting or blocking of the vas tubes, which the sperms travel through, so that sperm cannot pass through them anymore, and the man’s ejaculation will contain purely semen so that he will not be able to make a woman pregnant. In short, it is an operation which blocks the tubes that the sperm pass through into the semen.

All of this information is more commonly known, but what about the laser vasectomy that is now the preferred one over the traditional incision way of vasectomy. What is a laser vasectomy?

Laser vasectomy

This is the same vasectomy surgery, the only difference being that it is done using laser treatment as the cutting medium. This laser treatment, which is pretty new in the medical industry, has a very good appeal over any other type of vasectomy procedures.

Vasectomy Complication

Vasectomy is actually one of the most simple and cost efficient ways to prevent pregnancies. Unfortunately, it is also quite permanent. Physicians usually explain this fact thoroughly when a family comes forward with the decision of undergoing a vasectomy for the purpose of birth control.

Vasectomy Complications Rare

The vasectomy is actually a very safe procedure. The worst complication or side effect it has, if you can call it a side effect, is that a vasectomy is not reversible in the majority of cases. This is why people (men) should be very careful before they undertake this procedure. A vasectomy complication is extremely rare, though there are some concerns in this field.


Some men develop a “blow out” after the procedure, which specifically involves the bursting of the epididymis and/or the severed vas deferens ducts due to pressure built up during sexual intercourse (ejaculation). Though by itself it is not life-threatening or even serious, it is nonetheless highly unpleasant when it occurs.

Vasectomy Reversal

There are two types of vasectomy reversal: vasovasostomy and vasoepididymostomy. Vasovasostomy is when the surgeon sews the cut ends of the vas deferens back together. This is the most common type of vasectomy reversal. Vasoepididymostomy is more complicated, but is performed when there is blockage in the epididymis. It is done by attaching the vas deferens to the epididymis, hence its name.

Length of Time

There is a correlation between the time your vasectomy was performed, and the time you want to have a vasectomy reversal. The longer you wait to have the vasectomy reversal done the more your chances decrease of being able to regain your fertility. Up to three years after your vasectomy your chances are higher to get your fertility back. After three years your chances begin decreasing slowly the longer you wait. While there is no period of time considered too long to perform a vasectomy reversal, the sooner you do so after your vasectomy the better the chances are that you will be able to father a child.

Medical Breakthrough Makes Vasectomy Reversal Possible

Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that offers a permanent solution to birth control. It works by removing all or part of the vas deferens, the tubes that deliver sperm into a man’s ejaculation, thus making the man infertile. In the U.S. alone, over 500,000 men opt to have a vasectomy each year. Of these men, it’s estimated that up to ten percent, for various reasons, will want eventually the procedure to be reversed. For them, the best option is microsurgical vasectomy reversal.

What is it and How is it Performed?

A vasectomy reversal, or Vasovasostomy, acts to reconnect the two ends of the vas deferens that were severed in the initial procedure. A vasectomy reversal takes much longer than a vasectomy and is much more expensive. The reason for this is that the ends of the vas deferens are the size of a pinhead. They are stitched back together using thread that invisible to the naked eye, around 1/1000 of an inch in diameter. The use of a microscope or other magnification device greatly enhances the ability to effectively complete the procedure.

Pregnancy After Vasectomy

There is more than one reason for a woman becoming pregnant after her partner has had a vasectomy, but the main reason is not using an alternate birth control method for the first few months following the procedure. For a short time after a vasectomy a man will have a small reserve of viable sperm; this means she can still get your partner pregnant. Keep in mind that he may still have viable sperm for up to six months after your procedure, although this is not common.

A Second Cause for Pregnancy After Vasectomy

A second reason for a pregnancy after vasectomy is that the operation failed because the vas deferens grew back together. Pregnancy after vasectomy due to this reason is very rare; it is only one in every 2,000 procedures that this happens. When it does occur it is called recanalization.

The primary reason recanalization occurs and causes a pregnancy after vasectomy is that there are little pieces of debris from sperm, white blood cells, and scar tissue that allow cells in the vas deferens to grow through it and thus reconnect the place where the incision was made splitting the vas deferens.