Definition - What does Vasovasostomy mean?

A vasovasoctomy is a type of vasectomy reversal that involves the reconnection of the tubes that carry sperm to semen, allowing men to contribute to conception. This procedure occurs after an initial vasectomy has already been performed. A vasectomy is the detachment of these tubes, conducted in order to prevent pregnancy from occurring. A vasectomy is regarded as a permanent form of birth control, however a vasectomy reversal allows that procedure to be overturned.

FertilitySmarts explains Vasovasostomy

There are two types of vasectomy reversal procedures: the vasovasoctomy and the vasoepididymostomy. In a vasovasoctomy, a microscope is used to magnify the vans deferens, the tube that transports sperm from the testicles to the urethra. The urethra is responsible for the transport of fluids from the penis (urine during urination or sperm during ejaculation). During a vasectomy, the vas deferens is tied or cut to prevent sperm from being dispersed. However, during the vasovasoctomy the scarred pieces of the vas are removed, and the newly revealed clean ends are fused together with stitches. This allows the sperm to reconnect with the urethra, once again being expelled during ejaculation.

This procedure is ideal when a limited amount of time has passed since the initial vasectomy occurred. The procedure is typically completed via a micro incision, meaning a small cut is required in order to complete the procedure. The procedure typically takes 2-4 hours to complete. Men recovering from the procedure should not participate in sexual activity or masturbation for three weeks. The risks for vasovasoctomy include:

  • Infection
  • Build up of fluid in the scrotum
  • -njury to the scrotum
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