A common question is “Is the vasectomy procedure like a vasectomy reversal?”
Well, a vasectomy takes about 15 minutes and done through a small “grain of rice” opening.
A reversal is done using an operating microscope and takes about 2 hours to perform usually through two small openings. Due to the time of the procedure there is more swelling and bruising.
So, in fact they are not similar but both are done through the scrotum and on the same structure. It is a fair question and it is important that the patient consenting to a reversal know the difference. It is a question I answer with each reversal phone consultation.