Vasectomy reversal is a costly procedure, and is rarely covered by insurance plans. The expense of this surgery is a result of many factors — an operating microscope may cost up to $250,000 or more, and microsurgical instruments and supplies are also quite expensive. A single microsurgical suture — which is manufactured by hand — costs over $40. In addition, there is the professional expertise of nurses, anesthesiologists and the surgeon which contributes to the total cost.
Some reversal surgeons and clinics, in an attempt to reduce some of these costs, perform vasectomy reversal surgery in an office setting, using only local anesthesia and mild oral or intravenous sedation. While this may work well in some instances, many patients do not respond well to this approach, becoming restless or uncomfortable. Such a situation places the successful outcome of this extremely delicate surgery in jeopardy. Furthermore, the need to manage patient comfort distracts the surgeon from focusing fully on achieving the most accurate reconnection possible, and many offices may not be fully equipped to handle side effects or reactions to medications should they occur.
Dr. Finnerty believes the best combination of safety and cost while providing the optimal chance for successful reversal is to perform the procedure in an ambulatory surgery setting. The presence of a fully trained anesthesiologist to provide general anesthesia assures your comfort and safety while allowing the surgeon to fully concentrate on the challenging and technically demanding task of restoring your fertility.
Throughout his nearly 40 years of experience with microsurgical vasectomy reversal, Dr. Finnerty has been committed to making the procedure as affordable as possible, in order that families may realize their hopes and dreams for more children. In line with this commitment and mission, he has kept his surgical fees as low as possible — in many cases less than half what other microsurgeons with comparable experience charge.