Vasectomy is a simple, safe and permanent procedure for men who are certain they don't want to father a child in the future. It is the most effective birth control method for men, but is a serious step. Men (and their partner, if in a relationship) should understand all the facts and be certain that this is what they want.
Vasectomies are a short outpatient procedure, and are performed in Deaconess Clinic Urology procedure rooms.
You're asked to undress and lie on the exam table. Sterile drapes are placed over you to help prevent infection. You're given injections to anesthetic into your scrotum or lower groin to prevent you from feeling pain.
Once anesthetic takes effect, the doctor makes one or two punctures in the scrotum. The two vas deferens are lifted through this puncture. The vas deferens are cut, and a section of each may be removed. You may feel a pulling sensation during this process. The two cut ends are sealed by heat and may also be tied or clipped; a stitch may be placed at the incision site(s).
After the Procedure
If you've been given medications to help you relax, you'll need to have an adult drive you home. The local anesthetic begins to wear off after an hour or so. Any discomfort you feel is usually very mild. If you need it, an over-the-counter pain reliever may help.
Recovery time after a vasectomy involves rest and ice. Once you're home, you can do several things to aid your recovery
- Stay off your feet as much as possible for the first day to lessen the chance of swelling. An ice pack can also help keep swelling down.
- Wear snug cotton briefs for support
- Avoid heavy lifting
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