A vasectomy is a minor procedure that provides permanent birth control for men.
Approximately 500,000 men undergo a vasectomy each year in the United States.
The vasectomy is a procedure that lasts less than 30 minutes and is usually performed in our offices under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort. During the procedure the vas deferens (small tubes that go to each testicle) are accessed through a small puncture or incision in the skin of the scrotum. The vas deferns are then divided and blocked to prevent sperm from reaching the semen. Most men resume light work 2-3 days after the procedure and most resume full activities in about one week.
What is the success rate?
A vasectomy is considered to be 99.8% effective. A vasectomy is more effective than all other forms of birth control including female tubal ligation -a more expensive procedure that is usually performed at the hospital under general anesthesia.
Will my sex life be affected?
No! Sexual desire, erections, performance, sensation and hormone levels are unchangedafter a vasectomy. Sperm generally make up less than 5% of the ejaculate volume, so ejaculation itself should not be noticeably different after a vasectomy.
What happens to the sperm produced after a vasectomy?
The body absorbs the sperm produced after a vasectomy - a process that already occurs
naturally to many of the sperm produced by men even before a vasectomy.
What is a no scalpel vasectomy?
A no scalpel vasectomy is the same as a traditional vasectomy but utilizes a special technique and instruments to perform the procedure through a single small puncture in the scrotum. The skin opening is so small no stitches are needed. Some doctors and patients believe this technique results in less discomfort than a traditional vasectomy. The success rate is the same as a traditional vasectomy. UroPartners offers this minimally invasive vasectomy technique.
What is needleless vasectomy?
To decrease discomfort, a needleless vasectomy
uses a high-pressure tinstrument instead of a
needle to apply the local anesthetic to the scrotal
skin. A needle may still be needed to apply traditional anasthetic to deeper tissues. We offer this technique at UroPartners.
Is a vasectomy effective immediately?
No, the vasectomy is not effective until all stored sperm are cleared from the semen. This
usually takes 20-30 ejaculates. We confirm that all sperm are gone from the semen after
a vasectomy before clearing men to stop other forms of contraception.
What are the risks?
As a minor surgical procedure, a vasectomy is associated with small risk of bleedning,
infection and pain. Significant bleeding or infection is rare (less than 1%). Persistent post
vasectomy pain is also a rare compication that usually resolves with time and ibuprofen.
There do not appear to be any long term health risks associated with a vasectomy.
Can a vasectomy be reversed?
Yes, a vasectomy can be reversed. However, a vasectomy reversal is a complex microsurgical procedure that is expensive and not 100% successful. Therefore, couples should consider a vasectomy to be permanent when making their decsion.
Is a vasectomy covered by insurance?
Yes, most insurance plans cover a vasectomy. Arrangements are available for those
without insurance coverage.
How do I schedule?
If you think a vasectomy may be the right choice for your family, please call UroPartners at 630-UROLOGY to schedule a vasectomy consulation with one of our physicians and discuss all aspects of the procedure.
To request an appointment online, simply click here.
Content provided courtesy & permission of the American
Urological Association Foundation, and is current as of 5/2010.
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