WHAT IS A VASECTOMY?
A vasectomy is a simple procedure performed in order to make a man sterile – or unable to biologically father a child. It is considered the most effective form of contraception for men.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A VASECTOMY?
A vasectomy procedure is outpatient, meaning an overnight stay is not required. To ensure the patient is most comfortable during the procedure, he is sedated and the lower groin is numbed. This process helps to prevent the patient from being in pain during the surgery.
During a vasectomy, the surgeon removes a portion of the vas deferens. These are the tubes that carry the sperm from the testes and through the urethra. This process prevents sperm from leaving the body, and is the only change made to the reproductive system.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING RECOVERY FROM A VASECTOMY?
During recovery, active sperm will remain in the reproductive system and will take time before they are completely gone. Until an exam is conducted to ensure that the patient is sterile, other contraceptives should be used to prevent pregnancy. After the procedure, the body will continue to produce sperm. However, since it no longer has an outlet from the body, the sperm dies and is absorbed by the body.
After the procedure, the recommended recovery time is two days. However, this can vary based on the patient. To avoid complications, the patient should stay off of his feet as much as possible during the recovery time
CAN A VASECTOMY BE REVERSED?
Although a vasectomy reversal can be a possibility, it is not guaranteed. Having the procedure reversed is not something that should be considered before having a vasectomy.
SHOULD I HAVE A VASECTOMY?
Having a vasectomy must be considered a permanent decision. Before having a vasectomy, our providers can educate you on the preparation, procedure and recovery process associated with the procedure.
No matter the reason for considering a vasectomy, you should ask yourself if future situations could lead you to want children. If you or your partner are unsure about permanent birth control, you should explore other forms of contraception.
WHAT DOES A VASECTOMY COST?
This procedure is considered elective, but many insurance companies cover the cost. Because this varies by patient, this will be discussed during the initial consultation. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified urologists, please call 601-268-5888.