Education & Diagnosis
- What is a Vasectomy?
- A vasectomy is a procedure where the two tubes (vasdeferens) that carry sperm from the testicles to the ejaculatory ducts in the prostate are cut and sealed. This prevents sperm from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated from the penis, thus preventing pregnancy.
- Why choose a Vasectomy?
- You no longer want to have children
- You have decided that you cannot have any more children because of your mental or physical health, age or income
- It is safer and less expensive than the female contraception options
- How much pain and down time will I Experience?
- Minimal pain. You may feel mild discomfort when the local anesthetic is given. Following the procedure you may be a little sore for a few days. You may resume normal activities 2-3 days after surgery. Avoid heavy lifting, exercise or sexual intercourse for 5-7 days.
- Will it affect my sexual performance?
- A vasectomy does not affect male sexual performance or your libido (sex drive). It simply results in an interruption to the flow of sperm.
- Can it be reversed?
- Yes. Modern microsurgical vasectomy reversal methods, for which our surgeons have received specialized training, provide the highest rate of reversal success.
- How it works:
- Your doctor will begin by numbing your scrotal area by injecting a local anesthetic.
- Depending on the vasectomy method chosen, your doctor will access the vas deferens (tubes) through the skin of the testicles, then cut and close the tubes and wound.
- Your vasectomy will take between 15 and 30 minutes.
- You must have a follow-up semen analysis to confirm that there are no remaining viable sperm prior to having unprotected intercourse.
Testing & Treatment
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure where a urologist removes a portion of the vas deferens and seals it so that sperm can no longer reach the prostate where it would normally mix with semen and potentially cause a pregnancy in the female partner. The testicles will continue to produce sperm, but the sperm are reabsorbed by the body. Because the tubes are sealed before the seminal vesicles and prostate, you will still ejaculate about the same amount of fluid.
Surgical Procedure Options:
The Scalpel Vasectomy – this procedure involves two surgical incisions, one on each side of the scrotum, through which access to the vas deferens on either side of the scrotum is obtained.
“No Scalpel” Vasectomy – during this procedure, only one tiny puncture is made into the skin using a specialized instrument. The tubes are cut and blocked using the same method as a conventional vasectomy, but because no incision was made by a scalpel, there is little bleeding and no need for stitches to close the tiny opening.
These vasectomy methods are usually done in office with the use of a local anesthetic and take between 10-15 minutes to complete. Recovery from a vasectomy usually only takes 3 to 5 days. Sexual activity can usually be resumed 5 to 7 days after the procedure. However, you will still need to use birth control because you will not be sterile right away. You will not be considered sterile until your physician has run a post-vasectomy semen analyses that prove that no sperm remain in your semen.