Are you hesitant about getting a vasectomy because you’re a little concerned about the scalpel? There may be a perfect solution. The surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical in Roseville, Folsom, and Carmichael, California, offer a scalpel-free version of vasectomy. This quick, minimally invasive procedure is designed to keep you as comfortable as possible before, during, and after. Schedule a consultation at Sierra Pacific Surgical for more information about vasectomy. Call one of their Northern California offices today or request an appointment online.
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that prevents sperm from entering semen before ejaculation. Performed in-office at Sierra Pacific Surgical, a vasectomy is a highly effective method of birth control, second only to abstinence.
It’s also extremely cost-effective compared with tubal ligation, birth control pills, and other female birth control methods.
However, it’s considered permanent, so you should be sure you aren’t interested in a future pregnancy before undergoing the procedure. It’s sometimes possible to reverse a vasectomy, but the surgery is complex and has a low success rate.
Some men freeze and store their sperm with a reputable facility before having a vasectomy. This keeps your option open should you change your mind about parenting a child.
Before scheduling your procedure, your Sierra Pacific Surgical specialist sees you for a consultation to explain the surgery and ensure you’re ready to proceed. Otherwise, a no-scalpel vasectomy usually takes less than 30 minutes.
After numbing the scrotum with a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort, your surgeon locates the pair of vas deferens through the skin of the scrotum and places a small clamp around the structure. The vas deferens is the tube that carries sperm to the ejaculatory ducts connected to the urethra.
After carefully exposing the vas deferens through a small puncture created in the skin, your surgeon blocks sperm from reaching the ejaculate by tying, cauterizing, or severing the vas deferens. Once the vas deferens are positioned back in the scrotum, the puncture sites are sealed with a medical adhesive.
You may experience mild discomfort or soreness for a few days, which usually responds well to wearing an athletic supporter and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Most men return to routine daily activities within a week of the surgery. However, you should avoid strenuous physical activity or sports for about three weeks.
You can resume sexual activity about a week after the initial procedure. However, it’s essential to continue using birth control methods until lab tests confirm that your sperm count has dropped to zero. We typically test semen samples for sperm count about eight weeks after the procedure.
Schedule an evaluation at Sierra Pacific Surgical today. Call their office or request an appointment online.