If you are considering a vasectomy, you should know that it is one of the safest and most effective methods of contraception available for men. The procedure can be done in a short amount of time (typically 15-30 minutes) with little to no risks or complications. Although a vasectomy is considered to be a permanent form of birth control, it is still possible to reverse it in case you experience a change of heart in the future. However, just because a vasectomy is reversible, it is strongly recommended only for those who are certain about their decision to not have any more children. Once you have given yourself ample time to be sure of your decision, the next step is to find a board-certified urologist who specializes in urologic surgery and is experienced in performing vasectomies.
Here are some suggestions to help you find the most qualified urologist in your area.
Contact your insurance company and request to receive a list of surgeons who participate in your health plan. Most insurance carriers cover vasectomies and will be able to provide you a list of urologists in your area.
Contact your primary-care doctor and ask for a list of skilled urologists who are experienced in performing vasectomies in your area. Primary-care physicians are good sources for specialty referrals.
Contact people you know personally. If you have a friend or family member that has undergone a vasectomy procedure, ask them about their experience with that particular urologist.
One of the most important things to do is to verify that the doctor performing the vasectomy is a board-certified urologist. This can be done by checking medical directories or reaching out to state or local medical societies. Organizations such as these will be able to provide you information about surgeons in your state to give you a better assessment of their qualifications and experience. When checking a doctor’s credentials it is important to keep in mind the following:
How long has the doctor been practicing urologic surgery?
How many procedures has he or her done?
Is the doctor board-certified and allowed to practice in your particular state?
How many hospital appointments does the doctor typically get scheduled in each month? (The more hospital appointments, the more highly qualified a surgeon is) WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? SURGICAL CASES BOOKED? OFFICE APPOINTMENTS?
On top of choosing a quality doctor, you may also want to consider the following:
Choose a doctor’s office that can schedule appointments in a timely manner with helpful office staff. It is important to have open communication between medical staff and patients. Although there are not many risks associated with a vasectomy, it is a major life decision that affects you and your spouse or partner.
Choose a doctor that can offer thoughtful insight as to what to expect. You also want to make sure that not only the doctor but the medical staff can answer any questions you may have before, during and after the procedure.
Contact a Board-Certified Urologist in Beverly Hills
Dr. Kia Michel, Dr. Robert S. Sanford, Dr. Dino T. Deconcini and Dr. Susan Rusnack make up the team of board-certified urologists at Comprehensive Urology. They are some of the most highly sought out urological surgeons in the Los Angeles area and have years of experience performing vasectomies and treating other urological conditions.
If you are considering a vasectomy, the doctors at Comprehensive Urology can answer any questions you may have about the procedure and guide you to the right track. Call (310) 596- 1409 to schedule an appointment at our Beverly Hills office. You can also make an appointment online by clicking here.