Cost of a Vasectomy Reversal
The cost of a vasectomy reversal varies widely and often has nothing to do with the skill or experience of the micro-surgeon. In fact, some of the more expensive vasectomy reversal doctors actually are less experienced and have lower success rates than the busier vasectomy reversal experts. Other vasectomy reversal doctors at big name prominent centers often charge a lot, not because they are that good but because their overhead is so high. To make matters worse, many doctors actually have residents in training doing critical portions of your surgery, even though you are paying top dollar for the expert to be your surgeon.
When considering the vasectomy reversal microsurgeon's fee there should be "no surprise" charges. Ask your doctor what their fee covers including: the surgeon's fee and the assistant's fee, follow-up doctor visits, medications, sedatives, micro-suture costs, facility fees, equipment, surgical supplies, surgical microscope costs and all associated andrology laboratory costs to include sperm banking.
Often stories arise from redo vasectomy reversal patients about surprise fees and hidden costs that pop up after a lower quoted price. One patient was quoted $2,500 for the facility fee. Weeks after his vasectomy reversal, he received several surprise bills from the hospital for the balance he didn't know he owed, apparently the $2500 was only the down payment, and now he owed another $10,000. To make matters worse, he then received additional bills over the next 6 weeks from the anesthesiologist and the assistant for even more unexpected fees.
When you talk to a doctor or center about the cost of a vasectomy reversal, find out what this includes and it is just as important to ask what the vasectomy reversal cost does not include. Many times the price quoted is just the surgeon's professional fee and all the other costs are added on afterwards, once you are already "hooked" and scheduled. Get the complete "total cost for everything fee" for your vasectomy reversal in writing from you doctor before you schedule.