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A vasectomy reversal operation rejoins the tube which carries sperm from the testes to the penis, which will have been cut during original vasectomy surgery. Over 15% of men in the UK have had a vasectomy, and an ever growing number of them are deciding to have the procedure reversed.

The cost of vasectomy reversal surgery will vary from clinic to clinic, but you can expect to pay between 2,000 and 3,000 in the UK. Prices are cheaper abroad, where saving of up to 50% are not uncommon. More details on the cost of vasectomy reversals.

Success rate
The average success rate for vasectomy reversals in just over 50%. However, your chances of success will depend on a number of factors so your likelihood of successful treatment may not be as high. More information on the success rates of reversal surgery.

NHS treatment
Vasectomy reversals are now only available on the NHS in exceptional circumstances. In 2004, the government imposed a ban on the procedure as it was draining hospital budgets. More details on treatment on the NHS.

Most major private medical clinics in the UK provide reversal surgery. You may also be able to have the procedure on a private basis at an NHS hospital. More information on vasectomy reversal clinics

There are a number of dedicated vasectomy reversal specialists in the UK, who carry out hundreds of procedures each year. Some of these specialists operate from their own small clinics but most are based within large private hospitals. More details on reversal specialists in the UK.

The main alternative to vasectomy reversal surgery is intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection, where sperm is obtained directly from the man's testicle. Other possible alternatives include sperm banking and artificial insemination using donor sperm. More details on the alternatives to vasectomy reversal.

Surgery in the UK
As the NHS rarely offers reversal treatment, you will need to pay for the procedure at a private clinic. Although the operation is expensive, standards of care and treatment in the UK are very high. More information on having the operation in the UK.

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