A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that is a form of permanent male contraception. The procedure involves surgically cutting for blocking the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. By cutting or blocking the tubes, a vasectomy prevents the sperm from reaching the semen which will ultimately fertilize a woman’s egg.
A vasectomy is usually performed at your doctor’s office. It only takes about 30 minutes and requires a local anesthetic, so you are awake through the procedure. A “no-scalpel” vasectomy is also available which is a quicker and simpler operation.
After surgery, it is advised to limit activity. We expect our patients to rest for a full 24 hours after surgery. After two to three days, patients may continue light activity, but avoid sports, lifting or heavy work for a week as overdoing it will cause pain or bleeding inside the scrotum.
After the procedure, a man can ejaculate, but there will be no sperm. A vasectomy is over 99 percent effective, and fewer than 1 in every 100 women become pregnant in the first year after their partner has had this procedure. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to give us a call.