Insider Tips on What Every Patient Should Know

Vasectomy reversal success is really the only goal when choosing a vasectomy reversal expert. A doctor that performs an occasional reversal, even if he knows what to do, will simply not get the same success rate as a busy leading expert. Microsurgery requires weekly practice to achieve and maintain critical and quickly perishable skills.

Even with this, the majority of vasectomy reversals are not performed by true experts but general urologists who do an occasional reversal a few times a year, if that. Just as surprising are the doctors who are not even trained in urology who believe that without any training in the field, their desire to do reversals is enough to give them the skills and knowledge to provide the very best success and care to their patients.

Experience matters
The success of your vasectomy reversal depends directly on the skill and expertise of the microsurgeon you choose. Studies show that the best results with the fewest problems with any technically challenging surgery are always seen with the most experienced. This makes sense for any challenging skill, whether microsurgery, flying a jet or building a bridge. This is why it makes sense to seek out the most experienced urologic expert with the best results.

Tools of the trade
A surgeon is only as good as the tools he uses. Having the right equipment, the top-of-the-line custom microsutures, the best surgical microscope and a consistent, experienced surgical assist – as we have at ICVR – truly improves your chances for success in the right hands. This is another reason to avoid the discount reversal doctors who cut these corners or use cheaper tools to save a few dollars.

The secret is in the art
The secret that separates out the top vasectomy reversal experts from the pack is not only that they have perfected the critical urologic skills and knowledge, but over the years they have developed the rare talent that allows them that degree of finesse – the art of microsurgery. This is what only those true masters have developed over years and many thousands of reversals. At ICVR, Dr. Sheldon Marks and Dr. Peter Burrows have been blessed with one of the highest vasectomy reversal success rates in the world because of their dedication to the art and science of microsurgery.

Decades of reversals
These techniques cannot be learned from a book, a video or picked up at a weekend course. Just knowing what to do and doing it are totally different things. I can read about flying a jet but actually being able to fly a jet takes years of training and thousands of hours of time. In order to achieve the highest level of vasectomy reversal success rates, our doctors continue to perform vasectomy reversals every workday, Monday through Friday, every week for many years.

ICVR is full time, reversal only
Reversals are all we do. This is not a hobby. Reversals are not just a piece of a larger urology practice (that also does cancer, prostate problem, stones, pediatrics, incontinence, etc.), which is so common today. ICVR is unique in that we are a full-time, reversal only practice dedicated to providing the very best vasectomy reversals. Every single employee is here for one reason, one goal – to give you the absolute best care before, during and after your reversal.

Experience, to a point
At ICVR, Dr. Marks and Dr. Burrows have performed almost 6000 reversals. Performing many thousands of reversals is best…but be careful. Another secret is that you don’t want your doctor to be a factory, trying to cram in as many reversals as they can in a day. That may look impressive to someone who doesn’t know, but is never in the best interest of the patient or the success rate. A red flag are those doctors that brag about performing several reversals each day. Sometimes we perform a reversal on a patient just a few years out, expecting and easy reversal only to discover any number of challenges that require hours of surgery or a bypass.

There is just no way that if you are one of many quickie reversals that you will receive the same intensity of focus and level of care as the second or third case that day. Just as bad if you are the first patient in a busy day of many reversals, then you will not receive the same undivided attention to detail if the doctor has to worry and feels pressure to move quickly to get to the second or third reversal that day. It’s about quality, not quantity.

We’d love to explain more. Call us at 888-233-9907 or email at to learn how we can help you reach your dream of children after vasectomy!