Vasectomies and March Madness Timeline

There’s no telling how long vasectomies and March Madness have been a perfect pair, but we do know that urologists across the country have a long history of offering specials to men who undergo the procedure during the tournament. 
 
After all, a vasectomy requires a few days of rest and recovery at home, so why not have the procedure while there’s something good to watch on television? Having a vasectomy during March Madness is a great incentive to stay home from work and have people bring you whatever you need – doctor’s orders!
 
We’ve seen some pretty hilarious campaigns over the years. Some urologists offer ice packs with the patient’s favorite team on them, while others have provided a frozen bag of peas to patients receiving a vasectomy during the tournament. At Affiliated Urologists, we’re offering a Papa John’s pizza to patients who undergo a vasectomy by April 3, 2017!
 
If you're wondering what you can expect during and after your vasectomy, we've got you covered. Our experts made a timeline of the procedure and possible aftercare instructions/situations:

30 Minutes

This is how long the procedure usually takes. During a vasectomy, patients are cleaned up and given a local anesthetic. The anesthetic ensures the patient is awake but numb throughout the procedure. A small incision is made in the scrotum so the surgeon can access the vas deferens. The vas deferens are then clipped, sealed, and put back in the scrotum. The physician closes the incision, and the procedure is over! A vasectomy is usually a very quick procedure that can be performed right in our office! 

1 Hour 

This is roughly the amount of time a patient has to wait before going home, although it’s usually much sooner than an hour! Unlike open surgery, a vasectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. Instead of having an extended hospital stay, patients only need to be monitored for a brief period of time before going home. During this time, the physician can go over post-operative instructions, like when to wear an athletic support, what medications to take, and more importantly, what kind of pizza you want before you leave! 

3 Days

Our physicians may recommend resting at home for about 2-3 days following a vasectomy procedure. At this time, patients may experience a little soreness, but this can be mitigated through pain medication and plenty of ice. 

2 Weeks

Although patients can return to work after three days, there may still be slight swelling or bruising around the incision site. These symptoms should subside roughly two weeks after the procedure. At this point, patients may feel comfortable performing a light physical activity like running. If that's the case, clear your health status with our physicians first! 

3 Months

Our physicians want to warn patients that it can take up to three months for a vasectomy to be fully effective. However, this number varies greatly from person-to-person and may depend on the number of times a man ejaculates. As the body clears out the remaining sperm, our physicians recommend using another form of birth control when engaging in sexual activities. At Affiliated Urologists, we can help patients know when their vasectomy has become fully effective by measuring their sperm count periodically.
 
Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or visit http://affiliatedurologists.com/contact/ for instructions on scheduling an appointment.
 
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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