After having children, many men choose to undergo a vasectomy as a form of permanent birth control. During a vasectomy, the tubes that carry the sperm are cut and sealed, thereby preventing the sperm from mixing with the semen during ejaculation.
The decision to have a vasectomy shouldn’t come lightly, and patients should discuss the issue with their partner before undergoing the procedure. At Comprehensive Urology, our doctors specialize in performing vasectomies. To learn more about this procedure, please contact us today by calling (310) 499-2756.
What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy, also known as deferentectomy, is a permanent form of birth control for males. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens from each testicle is sealed shut, preventing the release of sperm during ejaculation. Since no sperm is ejaculated, there is no risk of a partner becoming pregnant.
Even after a vasectomy, a patient will continue to produce sperm in his testicles. However, this sperm will eventually be reabsorbed into the body. Additionally, patients will still ejaculate the same amount of semen as they did prior to the surgery; the only difference is that this ejaculate no longer contains sperm. Permanent male contraception in Los Angeles is simple and effective.
Why Are Vasectomies Performed?
Every patient has his own reason for undergoing a vasectomy. Some men may want a vasectomy in order to avoid other forms of birth control, such as condoms. Other men may choose a vasectomy because if costs less than female sterilization, another form of birth control ideal for couples who are not planning to have children.
Regardless of why a vasectomy is being performed, patients must be sure that they don’t want to father a child in the future. Though it’s possible to reverse a vasectomy, the reversal process carries some risks and should be avoided if possible.
Before a vasectomy, it’s important to know how your partner feels about the decision. Although vasectomies are only performed on males, the results affect both partners in a couple. Having a thorough understanding and acceptance of your vasectomy results will help you and your partner make a decision that is right for you both.
What to Expect During a Vasectomy
On the day of your vasectomy, you will have to follow specific instructions provided by the expert urologists at Comprehensive Urology. Stop taking blood thinning medications (such as aspirin) several days before surgery, as these medications can affect the surgical results. Additionally, patients will need to cut the hair around the surgical area and arrange for transportation home after the procedure.
During surgery, patients will be placed under local anesthesia. A small incision is then made in the upper part of the scrotum. Once the vas deferens is located, it is sealed and placed back into the scrotum. All in all, the procedure is performed very quickly, often within 15 to 20 minutes.
Following a vasectomy, patients will not be allowed to drive home, which is why it’s necessary to arrange transportation prior to the surgery. After the procedure, patients may experience bruising, swelling, and moderate amounts of pain, but these issues should resolve within a few days after the procedure.
To help facilitate vasectomy recovery, patients will be advised to perform the following:
- Apply cold packs to the scrotum
- Wear snug underwear or jockstraps
- Refrain from physical activity
- Contact a doctor if you have signs of infection
- Avoid sexual activity for a week or two
Once patients are comfortable enough, they can begin engaging in sexual activity again, though it’s crucial that birth control is used for the first few months after a vasectomy. Until a patient’s sperm count is at zero, it’s still possible to impregnate your partner. A follow-up appointment a few months after surgery can allow doctors to check a patient’s sperm count.
When your sperm count reaches zero, you will be free to engage in sexual activity without worrying about getting your partner pregnant.
Making the decision to have a vasectomy is a very personal choice that can often be intimidating or overwhelming. While the procedure itself takes only a few minutes, and the recovery time is typically short, many patients experience a great deal of anxiety at the thought of undergoing a form of permanent birth control.
At Comprehensive Urology, our doctors want to make a vasectomy as stress-free as possible, which is why we provide a comprehensive recovery plan for our patients. Combined with a minimally-invasive procedure that allows patients to recover in very little time, you can find the procedure you want with the optimal healing experience.
Effective and Simple Care You Deserve
At Comprehensive Urology, our team is able to provide a higher level of vasectomy care than what is often experienced by those who undergo the procedure elsewhere. Because the procedure is done at our location in La Peer Surgery Center in Beverly Hills , patients are able to receive a mild sedative, which makes the procedures completely pain free. Because we use a minimally-invasive technique combined with a sedative during the vasectomy process, our patients are able to recover as quickly as possible.
Compared to traditional vasectomy procedures performed by other urologists, Comprehensive Urology’s California Lifestyle Vasectomy has multiple advantages due to it being an outpatient procedure. Because most urologists perform vasectomies in their office, the procedure can be very uncomfortable despite their best attempts. As patients at other offices undergo this procedure while awake and only given local anesthetic, they feel tugging and tissue manipulation during the vasectomy, which is difficult for most men who are already very nervous.
During the Lifestyle Vasectomy, we provide gentle sedation so that the procedure is completely pain free, and we believe that the reason our patients recover so quickly is that they had a very smooth, pain-free procedure, which allows them to recover very quickly. We also provide IV antibiotics at the time of the procedure (not typically provided with in-office procedures) and the treatment is performed in a sterile operative procedure room, not in an office, thereby lowering our rate of infections to less than 0.5%
Should you or your loved one be uncomfortable with the traditional surgery used to perform a vasectomy, our urologists also perform no-scalpel vasectomies, which uses minimally-invasive techniques and requires no sutures afterward.
Thanks to the lack of discomfort and pain after the procedure, you or your loved one can return to everyday life once the procedure has been completed. We have many patients who have heard about the way we perform vasectomies and the great outcomes our patients have had. Through our very close affiliations with local hotels and other businesses, our patients can come to LA, undergo the procedure, shop and dine at local hotspots, and enjoy their new lifestyle during recovery. Should you have come to Los Angeles to combine your treatment with a vacation or work trip, you do not have to worry about your plans being disrupted by any physical side effects of the vasectomy. Instead, we are focused on providing you with urological care that meets medical, personal, and professional needs.
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Contact Comprehensive Urology Today
If you are interested in undergoing a standard vasectomy, or a no scalpel vasectomy, in Los Angeles, please contact Comprehensive Urology today. Call (310) 499-2756 to schedule an appointment with our urology experts. Additional procedures for testicular conditions are available, such as varicose veins in testicles, or enlarged testes veins.
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