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Why send Vasectomy specimen out for Biopsy histologic confirmation

Dear Reed,  Does it make sense to send out my Vasectomy specimen for biopsy following a Bilateral Vasectomy and Adult Circumcision?  I hear the additional charge can be $200 to $250.


Dear Milt

Most urologists do not have any question if they removed a segment of vas assuming they make 2 independent incisions laterally in the scrotum.  The only problem that occurs so infrequently is the same side was done twice.  If you are single and worried about a “paternity suit” you might consider this to head the action off at the pass.  Retain a copy of the vas biopsy report.

One of your best assurances that your urologist did a bilateral vasectomy is the absence of sperm in your ejaculate.

The incidence of re-canalization following  is so low and so lacking in sufficient concentration for all purposes, you are sterile.  But for safety, you may to consider a re-do and not have to worry at all.  So in short, we may keep your vas both sides in 2 independent  biopsy bottles for several months in case you reconsider, otherwise they’re discarded.


Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Ambulatory Urological Surgery – Miami