What Is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure performed on males as an effective and safe method for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. Generally a quick outpatient procedure, a vasectomy essentially disconnects or blocks the vas deferens, preventing sperm from entering semen before ejaculation. Vasectomy procedures are highly effective birth control measures, second only to abstinence. Committed to providing surgical care in the most minimally invasive way possible, the general surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical are excited to offer a scalpel-free vasectomy procedure to men throughout Greater Sacramento. For more information on getting a vasectomy, please call our office located in Roseville or Folsom, CA.
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How Is a No-Scalpel Vasectomy Performed?
No-scalpel vasectomies are performed in our state-of-the-art practice or an outpatient surgery center and typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. After numbing the scrotum with a local anesthetic, our surgeons will locate the vas deferens through the skin of the scrotum and place a small clamp around the structure. A small hole is then created in the skin and the vas deferens is carefully exposed through the opening. It is then either tied off, cauterized, or severed before being positioned back into the scrotum. The opening is then sealed with a medical adhesive, as sutures are generally not required following a no-scalpel vasectomy procedure. Most men are able to return to normal daily activities within a week following a scalpel-free vasectomy with our Sacramento area surgeons.
Who is a Candidate for a Vasectomy?
Vasectomies are permanent sterilization procedures for males who are certain they don't want a future pregnancy. Certain factors can make patients ideal for this procedure. A few of the medical signs you may be a candidate for a vasectomy may include:
- You've collected, froze, and stored your sperm
- You have no current issue with your genitals (infections, swelling, injuries, or lumps)
- You are a young age and in good health
Several of the lifestyle factors that can indicate you are a candidate for vasectomy include:
- Being at least 30 years of age and in a committed relationship
- Currently with a female partner who doesn't wish for tubal ligation or birth control
- If you're certain you've completed your family
- You don't want to continue using condoms or other non-permanent contraception
You can even schedule a vasectomy if you have a preexisting medical condition. However, it's important to talk with your doctor to learn more about this procedure, the steps you can take to make it successful, and why it may be ideal for you.
Is a vasectomy painful?
Our team at Sierra Pacific Surgical will work to ensure you remain comfortable during your vasectomy in Sacramento, CA. Your vasectomy is performed with a local anesthetic so that you feel as little discomfort as possible. To help with any lingering soreness after the procedure, our team recommends you wear an athletic supporter as you recover.
How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy?
Patients can resume normal activities about a week after their vasectomy but should avoid strenuous activities like sports or rigorous exercise for at least three weeks following their procedure.
How soon after a vasectomy can sexual activity be resumed?
Sexual activity can be resumed about a week after the initial procedure, though it is important to continue using birth control methods until our lab tests have confirmed that your sperm count has dropped to zero. Semen samples are typically tested for their sperm count about eight weeks after the procedure.
Can a vasectomy be reversed?
A vasectomy should be considered a permanent birth control solution. While a vasectomy reversal is possible, it is a far more complex and often less successful procedure. We advise only patients seeking a life-long birth control method to undergo a vasectomy in Sacramento, CA.
Minimally Invasive Vasectomy Procedures
Minimally invasive vasectomies are routine procedures that offer an effective, simple way to help control fertility by preventing sperm from exiting the body. To learn more about no-scalpel vasectomies, please schedule a treatment consultation at Sierra Pacific Surgical in Folsom or Roseville, CA. Our skilled general surgeons are highly experienced at providing this type of innovative, incision-free outpatient procedure.