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Types of reconnection: Two Methods

The doctor will choose to perform one of two methods to reconnect the vas - vasovasostomy or vasoepididymostomy. But a definitive decision as to which reconnection will be required can only be made during the surgery based upon the presence of sperm and the quality of fluid from the vas. If sperm are identified from the cut end of the vas coming from the testicle and epididymus, this confirms that sperm are being produced and are able to swim to this point and a vasovasostomy can be performed. If no sperm are seen within the fluid from the cut-end of the testicular vas, this typically suggests an epididymal blockage and a bypass re-connection or vasoepididymostomy should be performed.

1. Vasovasostomy, which is for the simpler cases, reconnects the two cut and blocked ends of each vas deferens.

Diagram:
A. two cut and blocked vas deferens.
B. finished vasovasostomy - vas deferens are reconnected.


2. Vasoepididymostomy is performed for more complex cases, connecting the vas deferens to the epididymis

Diagram:
A. vas deferens are connected to the epididymis.
B. completed vasoepididymostomy.

No matter how long after a vasectomy, there is always a chance to obtain a successful result.

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Types of Reconnection: Two Methods
FAQ: Do doctors who perform vasectomy reversal all perform vasoepididymostomy?
FAQ: Can the type of reconnection required be predicted before the operation?

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