Learning About Vasectomy

What is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a minor operation that results in a man not being able to father a child. During a vasectomy, the doctor cuts and ties or seals the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis (the vas deferens). The fluid released when you ejaculate (semen) will no longer contain sperm. A woman cannot get pregnant if there are no sperm to fertilize her egg.

To reach the vas deferens the doctor will make a tiny puncture in the mid-line of the scrotum to access and cut the tubes. You will be awake during the procedure but will get a local anesthetic to ensure you do not experience pain during the procedure.

How is a Vasectomy Done?

A vasectomy is done in a clinic or outpatient department of a hospital.

You should come prepared by either shaving (or cutting very closely to the skin) any pubic hair on the front of your scrotum. After cleansing the skin with antiseptic the doctor will inject the skin and around each tube to numb these areas. 

The doctor will make a puncture in the upper part of the scrotum. The vas deferens is cut and the ends are sealed. The hole will by glued closed with medical adhesive. The surgery takes 15-30 minutes.

What can you Expect After a Vasectomy?

You will have a dressing on your scrotum. A pair of tight fitting briefs can be helpful in supporting your scrotum and preventing extra inflammation. 

You should be able to go home as soon as the vasectomy is over. You may have some pain that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medicine.

You will need to use a reliable form of birth control until the doctor is certain that you are not releasing sperm in your semen. This is usually checked 10 to 12 weeks after the vasectomy.

The vasectomy will not affect your enjoyment of sex. It will not lower your levels of testosterone.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

Please watch the below video so that you are informed about the procedure before our appointment.

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Dr. Rick Neuls
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