Pain and Recovery Times
The reversal procedure is more difficult than the average vasectomy. Patients are given a general anesthesia, so they are not awake and do not feel anything during the process. Reversal takes an average of two hours, and patients typically leave the clinic or hospital the same day. Recovery takes approximately two weeks and comes with some side effects, like any operation. There is a possibility of bleeding in the scrotum, which may lead to painful swelling and infection that likely can be treated with doctor monitoring and antibiotics. There is also a risk for severe or persistent pain, in which case a patient should see their doctor immediately. It will take a four to six months before a doctor is able to tell if the reversal was a success, and the sperm has returned after a vasectomy removal and longer for full potency and pregnancy to occur.