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Vasectomy Reversal Cost

Unlike vasectomy, the cost of vasectomy reversal is rarely covered by medical plans. However always check your medical insurance coverage to be sure. The vasectomy reversal cost is therefore considered an elective, fee-for-service procedure. It is a day surgery, requiring a properly equipped operating room, an appropriate anaesthetic, an operating microscope and diagnostic lab equipment (for evaluating fluid specimens).

The total cost of a vasectomy reversal can range somewhere between $4,000 to $20,000, all inclusive.

In the United States, vasectomy reversal prices, are, on average, US$10,000.

In Canada the average vasectomy reversal cost is about CAN$5,000, all inclusive.

Find An Option To Fit Your Budget

The reverse vasectomy cost is not inexpensive. However, it varies with respect to the doctor’s practice, the state (in USA) and the type of procedure used. With this wide variation in vasectomy reversal prices, from physician to physician, there may be options to fit the family budget.

Understanding Fees and Pricing

The cost of a vasectomy reversal, from start to finish is generally divided into three fees, with the patient responsible for:

  • The surgical fee: This is the fee the surgeon charges for his work. This ranges from $2500 to $10,000.
  • The anesthetic fee: This is the cost for the anesthetist which is often passed on as the administration of the regional or general anesthetic. The cost ranges from $2500 to $5,000.
  • The hospital/surgical center fee: This fee includes all the costs the hospital passes on during your stay for the time that you are admitted, and usually includes the cost of required lab testing. The cost ranges from $2500 to $5000 if you stay a day or two. Out-patient surgical centers are commonly used, which will bring down the cost substantially.

Methods of Payment

Cash - If insurance is not an option, paying in cash is the best choice. Sometimes by paying in full, in advance you can realize a discount.

Credit Card - Major credit cards are usually accepted. However, if the charge isn’t being paid back in full, credit card interest rates can be quite high.

Finance Options - There are several companies that specialize in non-insured medical services. Doctors will often have a pre-established relationship with a lending / financing agency that may make setting up the loan easier. When applying for a loan, interest rate and terms will be offered by the lending agency.

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Some Factors in Favor of Vasectomy Reversal

For most couples vasectomy reversal is the best option with respect to cost and because it offers the opportunity to conceive naturally. The alternative will be assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) which will involve in vitro fertilization. One factor to look into is be whether your insurance company covers the cost of IVF. By way of comparison, the average price for vitro fertilization (IVF) is about $12,500 per attempt and it has an estimated success rate of only 30%.

More Factors Determining Cost

Vasectomy Reversal costs are determined by the complexity and time it takes to perform the microsurgery. General anesthesia, the anesthesiologist and perhaps longer post operative care are also factors determining cost.

The most common procedure for vasectomy reversal is called “vasovasostomy,” which involves a delicate surgery requiring a powerful microscope to reconnect the ends of the vas deferens. However, if a blockage (caused by increased pressure in the epididymis) is suspected, this blockage must be bypassed in an alternate form of vasectomy reversal known as a "vasoepididymostomy" will be performed. The vasoepididymostomy is more complex technique. Some doctors cannot perform it. With respect to cost, some doctors charge a single fee, no matter which procedure will be required. However, the extra time and expertise required to perform a vasoepididymostomy can increase the over-all cost of the vasectomy reversal.

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