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Nervous about vasectomy

There are very few effective forms of birth control for monogamous couples as the vasectomy procedure. However, many men are usually concerned and have second thoughts about the actual operation. Some of the commonly asked questions are, “Is vasectomy painful?” “What if the surgeon slips?” “How severe are the risks involved?” and many others. Here, we will answer these questions as we discuss more on the vasectomy procedure and the various epididymitis vasectomy treatment options.

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a surgical operation that involves extracting a piece of the vas deferens, which is naturally attached to each of your testicles. Vasectomy is usually performed to block the tubes that transport sperm from the testicles, also known as vas deferens, preventing them from coming out when ejaculating. This process of blocking the flow of semen and preventing the sperm from getting into contact with the semen prevent your partner from getting pregnant.

What happens during a Vasectomy?

Nowadays, doctors use a minimally invasive approach to performing vasectomy. Our bodies naturally produce and store sperms in the testicles, and only the mature sperms move through sperm-transmitting tubes known as vas deferens. They later make contact with secretions from the seminal and prostate vesicles to form the male reproductive fluid (semen).

During the procedure, they start by making a small incision in the scrotum to get to the vas deferens. The vas deferens are carefully pulled out and cut through the incision to make sure that sperm cannot touch the semen during ejaculation.

Is a vasectomy painful?

Surgeons normally use local anesthesia to numb the surgical area so that it does not hurt. The local anesthesia lasts for two to three hours (24-48 hours), during which no pain is experienced. However, once the local anesthesia wears out, you will feel a minimum to moderate amount of pain around the surgical area for the first 48 hours post the procedure.

Like other surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with a vasectomy, including bleeding inside your balls, also referred to as hematoma and testicle infection. But, the procedure can be considered safe and effective since the incisions are closed up with numerous stitches, some bandage, or medicinal glue.


Can you get a partner pregnant after having a vasectomy?

Yes, Vasectomies are not fully effective as they have a failure rate of about 1 in 2,000. This is because post-vasectomy, there are some sperm deposits on either side of the cut and can cause your partner to be pregnant.

How long is the recovery process?

Swelling or pain post-vasectomy should be mild and last for a few days. You are recommended to take anti-inflammatory medications or place an ice pack on your scrotum to manage the swelling and pain.

Does getting a vasectomy to affect sexual performance or ejaculate volume?

No. Men who have undergone vasectomy will still maintain their previous erection and produce sperm and testosterone. This is because the objective of vasectomies is to only prevent the sperm from coming out and not affect the patient’s ejaculate volume or sexual performance.

Bottom Line

Dr. Lazare is an excellent surgeon and a board-certified urologist. Together with his board-certified team of anesthesiologists at Lazare Urology, they provide personalized treatment procedures and utilize their state-of-the-art technology to help treat people with cosmetic, urological, and sexual complications in Brooklyn, New York. Call us today at (718) 806-9425 to receive effective epididymitis vasectomy treatment options.

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