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What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a permanent form a male birth control. The procedure effectively prevents the release of sperm during ejaculation. The tube that drains the sperm from the testicle is the vas deferens. A vasectomy disconnects this tube. Sperm should not be confused with semen. The ejaculate fluid is known as semen, and sperm is only one component of this fluid. Semen is made up of sperm as well as fluid from prostate and seminal vesicles (small glands that sit behind the prostate). The ejaculate volume following this procedure is unchanged. The testicles continue to make sperm, but the body reabsorbs the sperm (similar to a man who ejaculates infrequently).
What happens during a vasectomy?
The procedure normally takes 15-30 minutes. It can be done in the office or clinic.
During the procedure:
-The scrotum is cleaned with an antiseptic.
-Each vas deferens is located by touch.
-The skin overlying the vas deferens is “numbed” with a local anesthetic.
-One or two small openings are made overlying the vas deferens.
-The two vas deferens are cut.
-The two ends of the vas deferens are tied or clipped.
-Electrocautery is used to burn the inner lumen and the edges of each tube.
-Each vas deferens is replaced into the scrotum.
-The skin is closed.
How long does a vasectomy take to perform?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes to perform.
What should you expect after surgery?
The local anesthetic will lead to scrotal numbness for 1-2 hours after the procedure. Apply ice packs and wear a jockstrap or snug underwear. Swelling and minor pain is usually present for several days after the vasectomy. Avoid heavy lifting for 7-10 days. Unless heavy lifting is required at work, you may return to work in 1-2 days.
You can resume sexual intercourse in 1-2 weeks if feeling well. You must use some form of contraception until your sperm count is zero (usually in 2 months of after 20 ejaculates). Assume you are fertile until the semen check is complete and shows zero sperm.
What is the risk of failure for a vasectomy?
There are only 1-2 failures for every 1,000 vasectomies performed. Failure to use birth control until the follow-up semen check is complete is the most common reason for “failure”. Spontaneous reconnection of the two ends of the vas deferens is a more rare possibility.
What are other potential risks of a vasectomy?
The risk of complications after a vasectomy is very low. Complications may include:
- Bleeding and bruising
- Inflammation of the tubes (epididymis) that move sperm from the testicles
- Sperm leakage from a vas deferens into the tissue around it forming a small lump (sperm granuloma)
- The vas deferens may grow back together and return fertility