Article Abstract

Vasectomy reversal for post-vasectomy pain syndrome

Authors: L. I. Smith-Harrison, Ryan P. Smith

Abstract

Post-vasectomy pain syndrome (PVPS) is a rare, but devastating outcome following vasectomy. Given the widespread utilization of vasectomy for permanent contraception, with more than 500,000 procedures performed annually in the United States, it can be a significant challenge for both patients and providers. Vasectomy reversal is a surgical option for men who fail conservative or medical management. Despite improvements in technique, vasectomy carries some inherent risks making pre-procedure counseling regarding the risks of PVPS paramount. Chronic post-operative pain, or PVPS, occurs in 1–2% of men undergoing the procedure. This review will examine the utility of vasectomy reversal as a means of addressing PVPS.