Deciding to have a vasectomy reversal procedure is an investment in your future. Dr. Lerner believes in educating and informing his patients on the costs of the surgery as well as options for covering these costs.
Dr. Lerner performs the surgery at The Vasectomy Reversal Center of America, where he serves as Co-Director of the Vasectomy Reversal program. The Center is price competitive and strives to keep fees reasonable so that the services can be offered to as many patients as possible.
Three Cost Components for a Vasectomy Reversal
When you talk to various physicians and centers about cost, be sure you ask for the cost of each of these components, as well as total cost. That way, you won't be surprised by any unexpected fees. The three cost components of the vasectomy reversal surgery are:
- Professional fee to cover the procedure
- Facility fee to cover either a hospital or an ambulatory surgery center cost
- Anesthesiology fee to cover the anesthesiology cost
You will be responsible for the three components of your bill no matter where you go. In addition, it is customary for physicians' offices to require a cash payment upfront; however, Dr. Lerner and the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America are sensitive to the financial needs of patients and offer an excellent financing plan.
Cost Factors to Consider
Hospital-based surgery: When the surgeon performs the vasectomy reversal in a hospital rather than an ambulatory surgery center, the total cost of the procedure is usually significantly higher. The facility fee at an outpatient surgery center is lower because the center is not burdened by the overhead costs of a hospital, which are factored into the cost of hospital-based surgeries.
Microsurgeon's fee vs. urologist's fee: If you compare physicians' fees, you will find that some fees are significantly lower than others. A general urologic surgeon who performs vasectomy reversals but is not fellowship trained in male infertility and microsurgery normally charges a lower fee. This is where value comes in. General urologists only have a 30 to 40 percent vasectomy reversal success rate; men who go to this type of urologist have a greater likelihood that their vasectomy reversal will need to be re-done by a highly-skilled microsurgeon. As a result, this more than doubles the initial cost of going to the less-skilled surgeon.
Dr. Lerner has seen his share of failed vasectomy reversals that need to be re-done. And while he has performed many vasectomy reversal "re-dos" with a great amount of success, the overall success rate is not as high as if it had been done correctly the first time.