What To Expect During A Vasectomy

A vasectomy is minimally invasive procedure that prevents men from fathering children. 

Blog Snapshot:

  • Considered a permanent form of “male birth control,” a vasectomy cuts the supply of sperm to semen by sealing tubes that carry sperm.
  • The team at Affiliated Urologists explains what you can expect during a vasectomy.

A vasectomy is an effective, permanent form of male birth control that prevents men from fathering children. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and has a relatively low risk of complications or side effects. Men considering a vasectomy should understand the procedure does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and will require three months of healing before unprotected sex can occur.

If you’ve scheduled your vasectomy with us, there are a few things you can expect before during and after the process. Your vasectomy could take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, and it will usually be performed in the following way:

The surgery area (scrotum) will first be numbed with a local anesthetic. After the anesthetic has been administered (injected), a small incision will be made in the upper part of the scrotum where your urologist will then locate the vas deferens. The vas deferens is the tube that carries your semen from your testicle. Once this part has been located, it’ll be pulled out through the incision and cut.

Immediately after cutting the vas deferens, your urologist with use heat, surgical clips or he will physically tie the ends of the vas deferens before returning them back through the incision into your scrotum. Following the return of the vas deferens, the incision will be stitched up and sent home.

Bruising, swelling and pain are common with a vasectomy and usually dissipate after a few days. Call us right away if there are signs of an infection present, or if the incision bleeds profusely. Ice packs should be applied for the first two days, and bathing or swimming should be avoided for at 24 hours after your procedure.

Call us today if you are considering undergoing a vasectomy. We will work with you to ensure your questions or concerns are being addressed.

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 is 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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