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Cost of a Vasectomy Reversal

cost of a vasectomy reversalCost of a Vasectomy Reversal

The cost of a vasectomy reversal is greater than that of the original vasectomy itself. In fact, a vasectomy reversal is a more complex and time-consuming surgical procedure than a vasectomy. The cost of a vasectomy reversal will vary depending on which procedure the surgeon performs (a vasovasostomy or an epididymovasostomy), the area of the country where the surgery is performed, and the surgery location (e.g., doctor’s office, health or medical clinic, outpatient department of a hospital). However, here are some general guidelines.

The total cost of a vasectomy reversal is $5,000 to $13,000, or even higher. This fee is typically broken down by services. You can expect to pay a separate fee for the surgeon, the anesthesia, and the hospital or clinic. Some physicians include the cost of follow-up semen analysis and/or post-operative office visits in their cost while others do not. Therefore, be sure to ask how the fee structure works when consulting with your surgeon concerning a vasectomy reversal.

Insurance companies often do not pay for a vasectomy reversal, but you should check with your insurance carrier as part of your decision-making process. If you will be paying for the vasectomy reversal out of pocket, the doctor may require a non-refundable deposit when you schedule the surgery and the balance before the surgery takes place. You should discuss possible payment arrangements with your doctor.

Sperm banking is often recommended when a man decides to have a vasectomy reversal, in case the vasectomy reversal is not successful. You might consider it a type of insurance policy. If you decide to have your sperm harvested during the vasectomy reversal, it will be transferred to a sperm bank for storage for possible use in the future. There are additional costs for both sperm harvesting and sperm banking, as well as a yearly fee for sperm storage. All of these potential fees should be considered when looking at the cost of a vasectomy reversal.

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About Dr. Larry Lipshultz, M.D.

Dr. Lipshultz is Professor of Urology and Chief of the Division of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas . He is an internationally acclaimed fertility specialist and a pioneer in the field of urologic microsurgery, specializing in male infertility, erectile dysfunction, microsurgery, genetic causes of infertility, and age-related changes in male hormone levels (androgen replacement). He was a founder of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and is a Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In addition, he has served on the FDA Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs. He was the first AUA Research scholar and was awarded the prestigious Hugh Hampton Young Award at the 2005 AUA Annual Meeting. More on Dr. Lipshultz

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