Vasectomy Q & A
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy, also known as male sterilization, is a urologic surgery designed to prevent sperm from mixing with the semen ejaculated from the penis. It’s an effective and permanent type of birth control.
Following a vasectomy, your testes still make sperm, but your body absorbs it. You can ejaculate the same amount you did before the operation, but there’s no risk of getting your partner pregnant.
Are there different types of vasectomy?
The highly experienced medical doctors at Comprehensive Urology offer several types of vasectomy treatment. The team uses state-of-the-art microsurgical techniques to achieve the best possible results. Depending on your health history and goals, your provider might recommend:
During a standard vasectomy, your Comprehensive Urology provider makes two small cuts in the skin of your scrotum. Next, they carefully cut and remove a piece of the vas deferens, the tubes responsible for carrying sperm to the seminal vesicle. Lastly, your provider cuts off the end of each vas deferens and seals it with a suture. Your provider then uses dissolvable stitches to close the initial incisions on your scrotum. Most vasectomies last about 30 minutes. It’s an outpatient procedure, so you can return home following surgery. The advanced methods used by Dr. Kia Michel and his team at Comprehensive Urology allow patients to undergo a vasectomy often without any pain what-so-ever during the procedure.
During a no-scalpel vasectomy, your Comprehensive Urology provider carefully locates the vas deferens and places a clamp on your scrotum. Next, your provider makes a tiny hole in your skin, stretches it open, and lifts the vas deferens out. Your provider then cuts each vas deferens, seals off the end, and carefully puts it back.
If you’ve already had a vasectomy, but decide you want to try and have children again, your Comprehensive Urology provider might recommend a vasectomy reversal. During this type of surgery, your provider reconnects your vas deferens, so it once again carries sperm to the seminal vesicle.
Does a vasectomy require anesthesia?
The team at Comprehensive Urology is very caring and supportive. As such, they want to ensure you’re full comfort during treatment and recovery. To facilitate these efforts, the team usually recommends light sedation. This means you’re comfortable during treatment and unaware of the entire operation. Patients typically have a quick recovery after a vasectomy and are able to return to their normal activity within days.
To schedule a vasectomy consultation at Comprehensive Urology, call the office or book an appointment online today.