Vasectomy

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Dr. Nurzia and Santarosa have been providing vasectomy as a means of birth control since beginning their practice and have performed thousands of these procedures.  To schedule a vasectomy, please contact us for a pre-procedural consultation. For your convenience, you may schedule both the consultation and the procedure prior to seeing the physician. Most men will schedule their appointment at the end of the week so that they may rest over the weekend before returning to work, but our physicians will perform the procedure during any scheduled office hour session. Please see our necessary registration forms, and of course our vasectomy information and consent form.


The following information addresses the most common questions men have regarding the procedure.


What is a vasectomy and how does the procedure work?
A vasectomy removes a small section of the vas deferens, the tubes connected to each testicle that carry the sperm from the testicle to the seminal fluid. The sperm that continue to be produced in the testis are reabsorbed naturally without producing any discomfort.  See the diagram to the right.

What is No-Scalpel vasectomy?
“No-Scalpel” vasectomy is a surgical method by which specialized instruments are used in trained hands to produce a small single mid-line opening (not the same as an incision as no scalpel is used) to access each vas deferens. This option is available at Stamford Urology.

Are there any changes to my sex life after vasectomy?
No. Testosterone levels, ejaculate volume, the sensation of orgasm, and erectile function are unchanged.

How much does a vasectomy hurt?
Very little. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and after the site is anesthetized men feel very little. During recovery some discomfort is not uncommon, but typically very manageable with minimal pain medication.

How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy?
Following the procedure, you should be prepared to rest for about 2 days with minimal activity. Thereafter you should avoid any strenuous activity, heavy lifting (anything over 25 pounds) or ejaculation for a total period of 1 week.

Can I have my vasectomy reversed if I change my mind?
You can, but it is not likely to be successful. The success rates of reversal to achieve a successful childbirth are approximately 35% and are rarely covered by insurance plans. Therefore, reversal options are neither reliable nor inexpensive. You should consider the procedure irreversible.

How long do I need to practice protected intercourse following the procedure?
This varies, but you should expect to require alternative birth control for 2 - 3 months.  You will then need to check a semen analysis (we provide the necessary forms and instructions).  Only when this is clear of any sperm will the doctor inform you that you may rely on the vasectomy. 


How much does a vasectomy cost?

Usually, vasectomy is a covered procedure under your insurance plan, requiring only your routine co-pay. However, every insurance plan is different and some plans have high co- pay amounts.  We strongly recommend checking with your insurance plan prior to the procedure to avoid any unanticipated out of pocket costs.


The following are useful links to further your understanding of the procedure:

National Institutes of Health
www.nih.gov

American Urological Association Health Guide
www.urologyhealth.org

WebMD
www.webmd.com/vasectomy