Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Reproductive Health > Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy Reversal Cost


How Much Does a Vasectomy Reversal Cost?

 
 average costMedium: $6,000-$15,000+ 
post E-mail post Post  

About two to six percent of vasectomy patients later seek a reversal, a complex procedure that usually involves microsurgery to reconnect the tubes that carry sperm and to restore a normal concentration of sperm in the semen.

Typical costs:

  • Vasectomy reversal typically costs $6,000 to $15,000, including the doctor's fee, anesthesia and facility fee.
  • Vasectomy reversal is almost never covered by insurance. For example, an FAQ from the Urology Associates of North Georgia says the practice has never had the procedure reimbursed by an insurance company; and, according to the California Vasectomy & Reversal Center[1] , it is rarely covered. Most plans have exclusions for reversals.
Related articles: Vasectomy, IUD

What should be included:
  • In a vasectomy reversal, the doctor uses under general anesthesia, then makes a cut in the scrotum to remove the scarred ends of the vas deferens tubes that were cut in the vasectomy procedure. The doctor then will take a fluid sample to make sure sperm are present, then reconnect the ends of the tubes.
  • If no sperm is present in the sample, the doctor will have to instead perform a more complicated type of vasectomy reversal, called either an epididymovasostomy or a vasoepididymostomy depending on the exact technique used, to bypass the blockage causing the absence of sperm. This type of reversal usually has slightly lower success rates. UrologyHealth.org offers detailed descriptions of the different types of vasectomy reversals.
Additional costs:
  • Some men choose to have the doctor collect sperm, which can later be frozen, in case the reversal does not work. This can cost about $600.
  • If one of the more complex -- epididymovasostomy or vasoepididymostomy -- reversal procedures is required, it can add between $700 and $1,500 extra to the total cost. However, some doctors offer a flat rate and do not charge extra.
Shopping for a vasectomy reversal:
  • A doctor who performs a vasectomy reversal should be a board-certified urologist. The American Urological Association[2] offers a physician locator by zip code, but check to make sure the doctor is certified by the American Board of Urology[3] .
  • Ask how many vasectomy reversals the doctor has performed, and what percentage of these patients have then fathered one or more children. If the doctor recommends microsurgery, ask about his or her training and experience in this technique.
  • Vasectomy reversals do not always work. In fact, only 52 percent of couples have a child within two years after a reversal.
  • According to UrologyChannel.com, risks include infection, swelling or a hematoma -- collection of blood -- in the scrotum, or a sperm granuloma -- collection of sperm -- that can cause inflammation and pain.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Top 7 Ways to Trim Pet Expenses
Pets, for many, are part of the family; another member that needs love, feeding and treatment, just like anyone else in the household. || Posted September 18 2013


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Vasectomy Reversal
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
With or Without Insurance: Insurer:: 
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.californiavasectomyreversal.com/Financial_Information.html
  2.  www.urologyhealth.org/urology/findurologist.cfm
  3.  www.abu.org/generalInformation.aspx
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does Teeth Cleaning Cost? How Much Does an Ambulance Cost? How Much Does an Albuterol Inhaler Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Outrageous Expense
Paid: 79000.00
1 hour and 20 minute flight from a hospital who is in my plan to a hospital that is in my plan and both have medflight helicopters... [more]
-Youare KiddingMe
Air Ambulance Cost
Family friend's wedding
Paid: 710.00
1 bridal bouquet/1 toss bouquet, 2 MOH bouquets, 1 jr bride bouquet, 5 bride maids bouquets, 2 wrist corsages, 2 flower girl baskets, 1 ring bearer pillow and supplies for 19 centerpieces (11 tall pilsner vases with approximately 20 flowers... [more]
-Mrs. Murray
Wedding Flowers Cost
Ignition coil
Paid: 46.00
Bought at O'Riley auto parts. Watched YouTube video.Removed 2 screws it sits on top of engine. Replaced coil and bad spark plug... [more]
-James Smith01
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
Concussion
Paid: 7459.00
Hit my head hard and had speech deficit and blurry/double vision. Urgent care advised I go to Emergency because they had MRI. I was able to understand what I was told, but really having difficulty finding words and talking... [more]
-KS
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Cat declawing just front know anywhere that isn't outrageously priced??
Paid: 0.00
Need to have my 2 yr old cat declawed. Unfortunately where I live they are now making it mandatory. My vet I currently use wants over $450. I really can't afford that. I'm currently dealing with medical issues myself and getting chemo etc... [more]
-Livey
Cat Declawing Cost
Pricing--alterations/custom
Paid: 0.00
I have to chuckle over the comments about pricing. Custom dresses should not cost less than ready to wear (unless you are buying the label/shop name). The things I try to remind brides of are: 1. I make your pattern for you alone... [more]
-smsivulabydesign
Wedding Dress Alterations Cost