Why are Vasectomy Reversals so Bloody Expensive?

If you have had a vasectomy and are thinking about having a vasectomy reversal, you will be in for a surprise to find that a vasectomy reversal actually costs much much more then the vasectomy that you had.

The price is too expensive for vasectomy reversals.

Vasectomy Reversals are too expensive.

Why you might ask? Well, one major factor towards the high price, is that unlike a vasectomy, a vasectomy reversal actually takes a lot of skill to be able to do. I shouldn’t say that vasectomies take no skill, but they are much easier to do as they are essentially just the cutting and sealing of the vas deferens tubes. Although many doctors will not tell you this, but another factor playing into the high cost of the vasectomy reversal is the actual desire of the couple to have the procedure done.

Many couples, in which the man has had a vasectomy done, come to a point in their lives where they have made the decision that they want to have kids. Even though some may not admit it, but this is a big reason why doctors and surgeons are able to push the price of this type of operation up so much. They know that the couple wants to have a kid, and they know that the only way that they can make that happen, (besides through donor sperm – but who wants that anyways? Most, if not all couples want to have children that are genetically theirs) is through a vasectomy reversal of some sort.

DNA matching yours

You want the child to be genetically yours!

The actual anaesthetics used in the procedure are not that expensive and do not play a large role in the high price of the procedure itself. Most, if not all times, a general anaesthetic of no significance is used. On top of that, normal quality dissolvable stitches are used to sew the scrotum area back up once the operation is done, so those as well are not a big contributor to the high price.

Besides the high demand and desire for the procedure cost to be so high, there is one other reason that doctors and surgeons put such a high price on this operation. Truth be told, this type of surgery is very difficult to perform and actually takes a lot of skill, patience and competence to be able to do. Not only this, but the surgeons and doctors must be very highly focused during the entire 4 hours of the operation as one small slip could have very large consequences (This is a man’s own personal junk we’re talking about here! I don’t know about the majority of you, but I want to make damn well sure that the person who is pointing sharp objects at my tool down there are going to be very careful!).

For those who are curious I have yet to mention the actual price of the surgery. Many times, the surgery can cost as much as $5000.00! If you want to see more information about this, I suggest you visit here:


For those interested, here is a video of a vasectomy reversal being done, WARNING the video is slightly nauseating (don’t say I didn’t warn you!):



Gross and Painful-ish

For those that have no clue how a vasectomy reversal works, it basically goes like this. Depending on how long ago you had your vasectomy, and how the vasectomy was done, a doctor or surgeon will decide in the operating room (yes, while the procedure is being done), which type of reversal will be done. As far as I know, there are two different types of vasectomy reversals. They include:

-a vasovasostomy, and

-a vasoepididymostomy

Basically, you are hoping that the doctor will have to do a vasovasostomy, as the success rates for that procedure are much higher. To determine which procedure to use, the doctor will cut open your scrotum, and using both a microscope and surgical scalpels, will open the previously cut ends of the vas deferens tube. After doing this, he will test for sperm (and crossing your fingers you will hope that he finds some), and if he finds some will do a vasovasostomy, and if he doesn’t find any, will do a vasoepididymostomy.

In a vasovasostomy, the doctor will reconnect the ends of the vas deferens. In a vasoepididymostomy, a blockage has been formed that is not allowing sperm to move into the vas deferens. To bypass this, doctors will connect the upper part of the vas deferens to the epididymis past the point of the blockage. If you have had a vasovasostomy done, you can expect sperm motility to return within a few months, but if you have had a vasoepididymostomy done, you can expect sperm motility to return after a year!

A Fighting Chance

Okay, now fast forward a few years later (only ten or so), and apart from splitting up with my then girlfriend I had met Allie, the woman of my dreams. For us, things just seemed to click – I liked her, she liked me, we had a lot of things in common and we both found each other to be very attractive. So, after hitting it off and about a year and a half later, we were engaged to be married. At this time, she knew that I had had a vasectomy, and even though she wanted kids, she decided that she still wanted to marry me, and to fight along side with me for a chance to become pregnant.

Now, for one reason or another, it wasn’t until about a year after getting married that we decided it was time to get the reversal done. This time, things were a little different then how I remembered the vasectomy going. Unlike the vasectomy, the tasks leading up to get the reversal done were much more complicated. I had to get tests done, sign many more papers, find a doctor who had a good reputation, and pay a much, much higher price (around $6000.00!).

The hardest part for us, was when the doctor told us that we had under a 20% chance that the operation was going to be successful. That was really gut wrenching. Although I never told Allie this, it did feel like I had failed her in some sense. Both of us were at a point in our lives where we were financially set up and we were both emotionally ready to have kids, and I was the only barrier preventing that from happening. The only thing left to do was to have the operation and fight!

Fight and never give up

Our Success Story

Ten or so years prior to meeting Allie, me still being the young guy that I was, decided that it would be a good idea to get a vasectomy done. At the time, I was very focused on my career and I did not want any chance of getting any woman pregnant. So I went into a surgery centre, paid the $500, and the whole operation took about 20 or so minutes to complete. So there I was, with my scrotum slightly sore, being 99.9% sterile.

At the time I was happy. I could have intercourse with my then girlfriend with no worries and no fear that I may accidentally get her pregnant. But as the years went by, my then girlfriend and I split up and I eventually met Allie. We got married and bought a house. Allie knew that I had gotten a vasectomy, but what we didn’t know at the time was how low the chance was that it could be successfully reversed.

When we decided that we wanted to have children, we were met with sad realization that I only had an estimated 15% chance that the surgery could be successful. After some debate whether or not it was worth going through with it, we decided to get the operation done. I went in, did the operation, and 4 hours later, there I was not feeling much different besides some pain.

The next few months were a little tense. With each new report from the doctors, me and Allie had our fingers crossed. For the first few months, things were not looking so good and we thought that we may have to look at other options. But then, against all odds, six or so months after the operation the report that came in looked good! My sperm motility had returned at a steady level.

Fast forward a few months and Allie was pregnant. We had our baby girl and I am so happy to be a father. Although the odds were against us, somehow my sperm motility was able to return. Since having the operation, I can’t think of a better decision I have made in my life.

Easy Come, Easy Go (No Pun Intended)

Around 15 years ago I decided to have a vasectomy, and it went something like this: I went into a surgery centre that had a urologist, signed some papers, gave the lovely lady at the front office my credit card, and was led into a white, very clean room with some surgical scalpels on a table and a nice, somewhat uncomfortable chair to sit in. My scrotum was then injected with an anaesthetic of some sort (I have no idea what it was called), and I could no longer feel my testicles.

The urologist doing the procedure was actually a nice guy. Despite being a little nervous that he was poking some sharp tools at my junk, he was able to have a nice conversation with me that kept my mind for the most part off of the surgery. For those that don’t know, a vasectomy is essentially a surgery where the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm to the testes), is snipped and sewn shut so that it can no longer deliver sperm. In most cases, when done properly, this ensures that the man having the procedure done will no longer be fertile, and will be unable to impregnate a woman and have children.

snip snip

Vasectomy, snip, snip.

My surgery was successful, and for the next few days I remember my scrotum feeling a little sore. Sharp movements, and moving at certain angles in bed, made the pain increase sharply. I was incapacitated for around a week before I was able to go back to work. Shortly thereafter, around a month later, I was able to return to having sex, and at the time I was happy for deciding to have the procedure done.

If you want to find a video showing a vasectomy, look on youtube. They are too nasty to post here!

Welcome to my Blog!

Hey everyone, welcome to my blog. It is great that you are here and I hope that you find the information found here to be useful to you. Although it may be scary, deciding to have a vasectomy reversal done is a big thing. Often times emotions and finances are a big factor and at best of times emotions are very high. Me and my wife Allie have been there and we know what some of you may be going through. In this blog you will hopefully be able to find useful information pertaining to:


-vasectomy reversals

-costs and benefits

-success stories

If you have not read anything from my blog already, I think it is important that you all know that I had a vasectomy reversal done a few years ago and that besides the odds, it turned out to be successful. My wife and I now have a baby girl, and speaking for myself, I love her more then anything in the world. It was a tough decision to make (there was a very low chance for the operation to be successful), but now that I have done it, it was the best decision (and reverse incision! – sorry for the lame pun) of my life. I sincerely hope that the information you can find on my blog is of value to you, and if you have any questions at all – do not be afraid to ask!