A procedure for men who received sterilization surgery and now wish to conceive

Vasectomy is a sterilization surgery in which the vas deferens is “tied”, preventing the release of sperm and, therefore, preventing the possibility of pregnancy. Approximately five percent of American males undergo vasectomy. Of that number, two to three percent choose to reverse the procedure.

If the reversal is performed within 10 years of the vasectomy, the rate of successful reversal is about 60 to 75 percent. After 15 years, however, it drops to about 30 percent. Fortunately, surgical reversal is no longer the only way to obtain sperm from men who have undergone a vasectomy. With PESA and TESE, Penn Fertility Care is able to obtain sperm about 98 percent of the time.

We work in conjunction with the Male Fertility Program and Microsurgery Section in the Division of Urology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. We have extensive clinical experience in male infertility -- and have particular expertise in microsurgical reconstruction of the male reproductive tract.

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