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Vasectomy – Doctor and Procedure / Surgery

Vasectomy is a procedure to remove a portion, or block a portion, of the vas deferens (or sperm duct). Vasectomy is a surgery performed to effect sterility in men.

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Description of the Problem:

A vasectomy is a small surgical procedure performed on men, to achieve sterility. A vasectomy will cut the supply of sperm to your semen. It is performed by cutting the tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm and sealing the tubes. There is a low risk of complications with vasectomy. Vasectomy is usually an office based procedure and much less expensive than a tubal ligation performed on females. Vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of male birth control, although it can be reversed if desired.

Vasectomy Reasons:

Reasons to perform a vasectomy include desired sterility (you either want no kids or are happy with the number of kids you currently have), wife is at high risk if she should become pregnant, or if you are known carrier for a genetic mutation that you would not want to pass on to the next generation. Vasectomy is a simple solution and a simple procedure to prevent conception. It is extremely safe and has a very low complication rate. Vasectomy in no way affects erections. Erections remain the same.

Vasectomy Alternatives:

Vasectomy blocks the flow of sperm from the testes, where it is made. It does not prevent STDs. Other forms of birth control may be considered.

Vasectomy Evaluation:

At your initial vasectomy consultation, your doctor will talk with you regarding your desire to have children in the future. The doctor will evaluate your scrotal area to make sure you are a good candidate for an in-office based procedure. If you wish to have the vasectomy done in a hospital under general anesthesia, you may discuss this at your consultation. If you have a partner, you may want to bring them with you to the vasectomy consultation so they have an opportunity to ask questions and have the vasectomy procedure explained to them as well. The doctor may discuss other options for birth control. The doctor will discuss how he performs the vasectomy procedure, recovery, and possible complications. Complications from vasectomy are exceedingly rare.

Vasectomy Treatment:

Before a vasectomy, you should stop taking any type of blood thinners, such as aspirin or warfarin, as these can cause excessive bleeding. Wash your genital area thoroughly and shave the surgery area. Take any medication prescribed by the doctor as directed. A driver will be necessary the day of the vasectomy procedure.

Vasectomy Summary:

Vasectomy is a simple in-office procedure done with local anesthetic, minimal discomfort, and reliable results. Vasectomy is among the most cost-effective means of birth control and has no long term side-effects.

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