Vasectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you'll be able to go home the same day. During the procedure, the area will be numbed with an injection of local anesthetic into the skin of the scrotum. A small incision or puncture will be made in the upper part of the scrotum so the vas deferens can be located and severed. The ends will be sealed with heat, by using surgical clips or by tying them off, and the incision will be closed. Most procedures take about 20 minutes to complete.
Once the procedure is complete, you'll go to a recovery area to be monitored for a short time before being discharged. Bruising, swelling and some discomfort in the surgical area are all common and typically resolve over a few days. Dr. Liang will provide you with complete instructions for recovery, but in general you should plan to:
wear the bandage support provided after your surgery for at least 48 hours
use ice packs to reduce swelling
rest for 24 hours and limit strenuous activity or heavy exercise for a week or so
avoid swimming or bathing for 24 hours
avoid sexual activity of any kind for a week
Your vasectomy will not become immediately effective in preventing pregnancy, so until you have a followup visit with an evaluation of your semen to check for the presence of sperm, be sure to use another form of birth control.
Most men find they're comfortable resuming light activity within two to three days, but heavy activity should be avoided for about a week to avoid pain or possible bleeding in the scrotum.
No, having a vasectomy will not affect your sexual function or your sex drive.
Leonard W. Liang, M.D., is a provider for Medicare and most major insurance plans, and provides insurance billing. You are responsible for co-payments or charges that are not covered by your insurance. If you have questions regarding billing or which insurance plans we accept, please contact us. Questions regarding insurance coverage and benefits should be directed to your employer or insurance company.
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