Safe & Effective Vasectomy Procedures
Saint Vincent Medical Group offers vasectomy and vasectomy reversal in a comfortable setting. A vasectomy is a medical procedure intended as permanent male birth control. As one of the most common urological procedures, more than 500,000 men elect to undergo vasectomy surgery each year. This dependable and safe technique involves minimal downtime and is very effective at preventing pregnancy.
This outpatient procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete. It involves dividing the vas deferens – the path that transports sperm from the testicle to the urethra – in order to interrupt the flow of sperm from the testicles.
- A local anesthetic is used to numb the area.
- The doctor makes one or two small incisions to access the tubes that carry sperm.
- These tubes are then disconnected and tied to block the flow of sperm.
- Because the incisions are so small, stitches are not usually needed.
After the Procedure
Vasectomy recovery time includes post-operative downtime. We recommend spending the remainder of the day following your procedure resting.
- Applying an ice pack for the first 6-8 hours after the procedure can help reduce pain and swelling.
- After 2-3 days, light activity can be resumed.
- Vigorous activities, including heavy lifting, sports, or sexual intercourse, should be avoided for at least a week following surgery.
- Backup birth control, such as a condom, should be used for 3 months after the surgery.
Misconceptions Surrounding Vasectomy Surgery
Having a vasectomy does not result in long-term health risks and it does not negatively affect:
- Testosterone Level
- Sex Drive
- Sexual Activity
Keep in mind, vasectomy surgery does not prevent the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases. It is encouraged to wear a condom for any new sexual partners to protect against STDs.
In the event that your priorities change, consider saving sperm in a sperm bank prior to your vasectomy surgery. It is possible to reverse a vasectomy through an operation that reconnects the vas deferens. The success rate of a reversal depends on several factors including how long it has been since the initial surgery. Please note that a vasectomy reversal might not be covered by your health insurance. We have specialized microsurgical experience in this surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
It is important to carefully weigh your personal family planning goals. At Saint Vincent Medical Group, we welcome consults to discuss which options are best for you. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment.