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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there a surgical procedure to reverse vasectomies?

    What are the potential risks and how sucessful is this procedure?
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    Dr Tony Gianduzzo is a leader in development and delivery of urological services, and has now introduced Robotic-assisted Transperineal Prostatic Biopsy to the state. His ... View Profile

    Surgical reversal success rates mainly relate to how long it has been since the vasectomy. Success rates gradually drop with time to about 50% after 7-10 years, but it can still work 20-30% of the time at 15 years.  It is usually a good option inside this time frame.  The alternative to reversal is sperm harvesting and IVF, especially if the female also has fertility issues.

    Risks of the procedure are generally minor, such as bleeding or infection. A week or two off work is generally adequate for most occupations, maybe a month for those performing really strenuous activity.

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