Vasectomy reversal for treatment of the post-vasectomy pain syndrome

Stanley A. Myers, Christopher E. Mershon, Eugene F. Fuchs

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Abstract

Purpose: The post-vasectomy pain syndrome is a rare but troublesome complication of vasectomy. We report our experience with 32 patients who underwent vasectomy reversal for relief of the post-vasectomy pain syndrome. Materials and Methods: The records of 32 patients undergoing vasovasostomy or epididymovasostomy for the post-vasectomy pain syndrome were evaluated for characteristics of symptoms, previous therapy, interval from vasectomy, success of surgery and duration of relief. Results: Of 32 men who underwent vasectomy reversal for the post-vasectomy pain syndrome between 1980 and 1994, 24 had relief of symptoms after the initial procedure. Of 8 men with recurrent pain 6 underwent a second reversal procedure, and 3 of them subsequently had relief of symptoms. Overall, 27 of 32 men had resolution of pain. Conclusions: In our experience vasectomy reversal has a high rate of success for relief of the post-vasectomy pain syndrome. It does not preclude other forms of surgical therapy and it should be considered in the treatment of the post-vasectomy pain syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-520
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume157
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1997

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Keywords

  • pain
  • vas deferens
  • vasectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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