A vasectomy is a procedure performed on men who no longer wish to have children. This procedure is considered a permanent method of birth control, and men should be certain that they do not want to reproduce before getting the procedure.
During the procedure, a doctor will cut or clamp off the vas deferens of each testicle. When the vas deferens are cut, clamped or otherwise sealed, the semen and sperm are unable to mix for ejaculation. This means that sperm will not be present in a man’s ejaculation, hindering the man’s ability to fertilize an egg. The testicles will continue to produce sperm, but it will reabsorb into the body rather than through ejaculation.
Immediately following the procedure, a second form of birth control must be utilized because it takes a while for all sperm to be ejaculated or reabsorbed. Samples will be taken periodically until a semen sample is tested and results display zero sperm.
The procedure can be performed at Somerset Urological Associates (office location is Somerville, NJ). During the procedure, the testicles and scrotum will be cleaned with an antiseptic. The patient will be give an IV or oral medication to reduce anxiety and cause sleepiness. A local anesthetic will be administered into the area so that the area is absolutely numb. Your doctor will make a couple of small incisions into the scrotum. It is through these incisions that the two ends of the vas deferens are tied, stitched, or sealed. Electrocautery may be used to seal the ends with heat. The vas deferens is then placed back into the scrotum and incisions are stitched closed. The stitches will dissolve into the skin so there is no need to get them removed. After a vasectomy, expect numbness for about 2 hours. The area should be iced to relieve pain, and the patient should refrain from strenuous activity. Most patients are able to return to work after 1-2 days of rest.
Vasectomies are a very common procedure, and only take about 20-30 minutes to complete from start to finish. There are relatively low chances of complications with this procedure, which is why many couples choose to have this procedure performed rather than tube litigation for females. Rare side effects include bleeding, swelling, bruising and inflammation.
If you are considering a vasectomy, speak to your doctor at Somerset Urological Associates. Your urologist will help you weigh the pros and cons of the procedure, and perform the procedure with precision and care. Call 908-927-0300 today to make an appointment. Somerset Urological Associates main office is located in Somerville, NJ.