What’s a Vasectomy Procedure?
A vasectomy is considered to be a form of permanent birth control for men. The procedure prevents any release of sperm when a male ejaculates, thus stopping the possibility of conception. Semen still can be ejaculated from the penis, but no sperm will be mixed in with it. A woman’s egg cannot be fertilized if there isn’t sperm present in the semen. Even though sperm is still produced by the body after a vasectomy, it is absorbed by the body and never released upon ejaculation.
What Happens During a Vasectomy?
Before the doctor gets started with the surgery, he or she will clean the testicles and scrotum with antiseptic and shave those areas. It also is likely that the doctor will give you medicine to help reduce anxiety, and make you sleepy and drowsy for the procedure. Each vas deferens is then located by touch and a local anesthetic will be injected. After your doctor makes two small incisions in your scrotum, he or she will then cut the vas deferens tubes, tie them, stitch them up and seal it. Your vas deferens will then be put back into the scrotum and everything will be closed up with stitches. It is a fairly quick procedure. It usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.
What Happens After a Vasectomy?
Immediately following the surgery, you should expect your scrotum and the surrounding area to be numb for about 1 to 2 hours. The best way to treat the area after the surgery is to apply cold packs of ice to it and try to lie on your back as much as possible. If you are experiencing discomfort from the surgery, you need to wear tight underwear to combat that. There may be some swelling and pain for several days after the surgery, but depending on the field of work you are in, you can go back to work after 1 or 2 days. You must keep in mind that pregnancy is still possible following a vasectomy, until your sperm count has been depleted.
Advantages of a Vasectomy
The first advantage of a vasectomy is that the procedure is a very effective form of birth control, with a 99.85% success rate. Another advantage to the vasectomy is that the procedure is much safer and cost-effective than its counterpart, the tubal ligation procedure for women. Lastly, the vasectomy is only a one-time cost for permanent birth control and is typically covered by medical insurance.
Vasectomy Treatment in New Jersey
If you are considering getting a vasectomy, you need to get it done by an experienced professional. In New Jersey, there is no one better than Dr. Ron Israeli, who is a prostate cancer specialist and urologist located in Livingston. He can perform vasectomies and offers a number of other services for all of your prostate and urology needs. Contact Dr. Ron Israeli today to learn more!