Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization and/or permanent birth control. During this procedure, the male vas deferens (this is the tube that allows sperm to travel from the testicles to the penis) are severed and then tied/sealed in a manner so as to prevent sperm from entering into the ejaculate and thereby prevent fertilization from occurring. Vasectomies are usually performed in a physician's office — anesthesia is not normally required as the procedure is not complicated, the incisions small, and the necessary equipment routine. If the physical examination of the vas deferens are challenging, conscious sedation may be required and vasectomy will need to be performed in a surgical center for patient comfort and to guarantee efficacy. The physician will let you know at the time of consultation whether the procedure will need to be performed under anesthesia.
There are several methods by which a surgeon might complete a vasectomy procedure, all of which occlude (i.e. "seal") at least one side of each vas deferens. To help reduce anxiety and speed up recovery time, we will perform a "no-needle" application of anesthesia and a "no-scalpel" technique .
Due to the simplicity of the surgery, a vasectomy usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete. After a short recovery at the doctor's office (usually less than an hour), the patient is sent home to rest. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, many vasectomy patients find that they can resume their typical sexual behavior within a week, and do so with little or no discomfort.
Dr. Ramasamy is an expert in vasectomy and has published articles on vasectomy in peer-reviewed journals.
Ramasamy R, Schlegel PN. Vasectomy and Vasectomy reversal: An Update Indian J Urol. 2011 Jan;27(1):92-7. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21716894)
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