A vasectomy is a form of permanent male contraception in which a surgical procedure is performed to block sperm from reaching the semen. The man still ejaculates semen from the penis and continues to produce sperm after a vasectomy, but the semen has no sperm in it. An estimated 4-10% of men who undergo a vasectomy later seek to have the procedure reversed, often when they are in a new relationship and are interested in having children with a new partner. Several factors affect whether sperm will return to the semen (a term known as patency) after a vasectomy reversal, including how long ago the vasectomy was performed, certain physical and biological factors, the experience level of the surgeon who performs the reversal procedure, and the technique used. The chance for pregnancy after a vasectomy reversal also depends on any female fertility factors that may be present. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, usually with general anesthesia.
UAB Medicine urologists are regional and national leaders in their field and practice in all urologic subspecialties. The UAB urology program is consistently ranked among the top 50 programs of its kind in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and it is one of only a few nationally ranked urology programs in the Southeast. Many of our physicians have been recognized by their peers as being among the top doctors in America, and we are a leader in robotic surgery. We perform vasectomy reversals using microsurgical technology, which typically produces much higher success rates than with traditional approaches.
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