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20% rise in vasectomy reversals among private medical cover patients

Published on 01/11/2010
The number of people with private medical cover undergoing reverse vasectomies has risen dramatically in recent years, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mirror, BMI Healthcare, which runs a network of private hospitals, has seen a 20 per cent rise in the number of men requesting the operation in the past four years at its 70 hospitals across Scotland and England.

Dr Duncan Harriss, whose clinic in Nottingham carries out 250 reversals a year, told the news provider that the rise is likely a reflection of the high level of marriage break-ups in modern society.

"The level of requests has gone stratospheric over the past two years and that's a reflection on society," he said

"Up to 50 per cent of relationships break down after children come along so a decision that seemed right five or 10 years ago, now might not seem so right."

Dr Frank Chinegwundoh, a consultant urological surgeon at St Barts in London and the BMI Coombe Wing, added: "It is a very emotional process and we have to counsel patients to be realistic about their expectations. It is not always that successful and depends on a lot of things, like time between the procedures, age and health."

A vasectomy is a relatively minor surgical procedure in which the vas deferens of a man is severed as a permanent form of contraception.
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