Alaska Urological Institute

Vasectomy Reversal

One of the benefits of vasectomy is that it can be reversed. However, the reversal is a more complex procedure in comparison with vasectomy and generally takes two to five hours.

Vasectomy reversal requires a urologist to surgically reconnect the ends of the vas deferens tubes that were cut or cauterized during vasectomy so that they can again transport sperm to be ejaculated with the semen. It is important to note that fertility is not instantly restored after surgery. It can take several months and, in some cases, over a year before the reversal can be considered successful.

Discomfort during recovery is mild, similar to that experienced after vasectomy. Vasectomy reversal is considered a safe procedure with low risk for complications. Most insurance plans do not cover vasectomy reversal.

Vasectomy reversal will not affect the patient’s ability to achieve erection or diminish his enjoyment of sex.

The best resource for information about both vasectomy and vasectomy reversal is a urologist. Institute urologists are among the most experienced in the state of Alaska and can answer virtually any question about vasectomy and vasectomy reversal. is a great online resource for more information.