Vasectomy is an effective method for male birth control. We recommend that men who are considering vasectomy as a means of birth control should be certain that they do not wish to father any more pregnancies. While technically the procedure may be reversible, the operation to reverse the vasectomy can be complex, costly, and not always successful.
At West Coast Urology, we perform the No Scalpel Vasectomy procedure without the use of any cutting blades. The procedure can be performed and is well tolerated in the office under local anesthesia. For added comfort, it can also be performed at the surgery center under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a small segment of the tubes that carry sperm away from the testes are removed. Mild discomfort after the procedure is expected, and most patients manage well with Tylenol and ice packs. The procedure takes about half an hour, and you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.
It is important to understand that you can still father a pregnancy for about 3 months after the vasectomy. You must continue to use protection during this period, after which you are asked to submit semen analysis testing to ensure that sterility has been achieved. It is also important to understand that in extremely rare instances the ends of the tubes may reconnect and sperm may travel again, resulting in a pregnancy. This is an extremely rare occurrence, but one that you must be aware of.
When performed in the office, you may consider ProNox® as an added anesthetic during the procedure to reduce anxiety and enhanced comfort for a nominal fee.
For more in depth information on Vasectomy, please refer to this Urology Care Foundation™ link:
Vasectomy: Treatment & Information