What is a Vasectomy?

Are you a couple that has decided to not have any more children, and want a more permanent solution? A vasectomy is one of the safest and most common methods for permanent male birth control. In fact, each year over 500,000 men undergo the procedure in the United States.

This is a procedure that many couples opt for once they have decided not to have any more children. In some situations, men who choose not to have any children may turn to this option as well. The vasectomy procedure is a safer and more cost effective operation compared to a tubal ligation. This form of contraception has been shown to produce less pain, less complications, and have a quicker recovery, all without the need for stitches or sutures. Most importantly, a vasectomy can be reversed.

How is the procedure performed?

The vasectomy is typically performed using one small incision made in the center of the scrotum. The vas deferens is a small tube that carries the sperm from the testicle to the ejaculatory ducts. Ordinarily, there is one tube connected to each testicle. Part of each tube is removed and the open ends are clipped to interrupt the flow of sperm.

The procedure is typically performed using mild sedation with Valium. However, the procedure can be done under deeper sedation to provide a more pain-free experience. Sedation is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Risks of Vasectomy procedure:

Although not very common, you should be aware of the potential risks associated with surgery, which includes (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Failure of procedure and tube reconnect (very rare)
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Sperm granuloma / scarring

When you are ready to have a vasectomy, look to Dr. Richard Natale and the experts at Carolina Urology Partners. Dr. Natale will answer your questions and ease your concerns about the procedure. Request an appointment online or call (704) 786-5131.

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