The vasectomy is quite a minor surgery that aims to block sperm so that it does not reach ejaculated semen. While semen still exists, it does not include sperm. When the vasectomy is done, the body creates sperm that is eventually soaked up by your body.
Every single year, there are over 500,000 men in America that get a vasectomy done. This is a highly-popular birth control method right now. Pregnancy is prevented so much better than the other birth control options that are available. Just 1 woman out of one thousand gets pregnant if their partner had a vasectomy done in the past year.
A vasectomy is usually performed in the office of a urologist. However, it can also be performed inside the hospital or in any other suitable surgery center. The urologist decides if the patient is fully sedated or not. When you have to be sedated, you want to have the procedure done in a location where you can easily and slowly recover from anesthesia. Sedation need is simply based on anatomy, the patient’s nerves and if other surgeries are done or not.
A form will be signed to offer consent and then you can go through the actual vasectomy steps. The scrotal area is shaved and then washed with the use of a special antiseptic solution. If local anesthesia is used, the area is numbed but you are aware of tension, movement and touch. When pain is felt during the procedure, be sure to let the doctor know immediately.
A Regular Vasectomy
In a conventional vasectomy, there are 2 small cuts done inside scrotum skin. One can also be an option in some cases. The cuts are meant to reach vas deferens, which is then cut. A small piece of it can be removed so there is a gap that appears. Then, the urologist sears vas ends, with cut ends being tied with sutures. There are steps that are after repeated on the other vas deferens. A new cut is used or the exact same cut is utilized if this is possible. Scrotal cuts are closed with the use of dissolvable stitches.
A No-Scalpel Vasectomy
In such a vasectomy, urologists feel the vas and then holds it with the use of a clamp. A very small hole is made and then stretched open so that the vas can be lifted out. After this, it is cut, seared or tied. The final step is putting it back in place.
A big reason why many men do not get a vasectomy done is that they are afraid of different things that might happen. In reality, the number of risks is quite limited. For instance, right after the surgery, you might be faced with scrotum bleeding. When the scrotum increases in size after the procedure, you need to get back to the doctor. Simply put, whenever you see that the scrotum area is not recovering properly and it looks weird, you have to contact the urologist. Fortunately, this rarely happens and the procedure is very safe.