A vasectomy is a safe and effective form of birth control for men. At San Jose Urology Partners in the North Valley area of San Jose, California, James Hwong, MD, performs vasectomies to prevent pregnancy without impacting sexual performance. A vasectomy takes just 10-30 minutes and is safer, more convenient, and more effective than ever due to medical advances and our team’s skill, technique, and precision. Start with your initial consultation and book online or call today.
A vasectomy is a form of birth control for men that involves stopping the supply of sperm to your semen by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry the sperm.
Before opting for a vasectomy, you should be certain you don’t want to father a child in the future. Vasectomy reversals are possible, but reversal surgery is complex and a vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of male birth control. It’s also important to keep in mind that a vasectomy gives you no protection from sexually transmitted infections.
A vasectomy won’t affect your sexual performance and is nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Your vasectomy is performed in-office under local anesthesia and usually takes between 10-30 minutes. Your physician numbs the surgical area by injecting a local anesthetic into your scrotum with a small needle.
Once the area is numb, your doctor makes a small incision in the upper part of your scrotum. He might use the no-scalpel technique and make a small puncture in the scrotum instead of an incision. Your doctor locates the vas deferens — the tube that transports semen from your testicle — and removes part of the tube through the puncture or incision.
Your doctor then seals the vas deferens by tying, cauterizing, using surgical clips, or a combination of methods. He returns the ends of the vas deferens to the scrotum and closes the incision at the surgical area using stitches or glue. The wound might be left to close on its own over time.
Most men don’t experience any noticeable side effects following a vasectomy. You might have some swelling, pain, or bruising that subsides within a few days. Be aware of any signs of infection, such as blood oozing from the surgery site.
Limit your activity after surgery and be sure to rest for 24 hours. Apply ice packs and support your scrotum with tight-fitting underwear or a bandage for at least 48 hours. You should be able to resume light activity after two to three days, but you may need to avoid sexual activity, heavy lifting, sports, and heavy work for about a week.
To learn more about vasectomies, call San Jose Urology Partners or schedule online.