Every year, about 500,000 American men undergo a vasectomy. If you’re happy with your family’s size or don’t want to worry about having children, a vasectomy provides a safe, effective surgical treatment option. A vasectomy is ideal for controlling your reproductive capacity and freeing yourself from any anxiety or inconvenience fertility could lead to.
Comprehensive Urology is situated in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Kiarash Michel, MD and our team of expert urologists provide standard and no-scalpel vasectomies as well as vasectomy reversal. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
A vasectomy, also known as male sterilization, is a urologic surgery. Its focus is designed to prevent sperm from mixing with the semen ejaculated from the penis. It’s an effective, practical, and permanent manner of birth control.
Following a vasectomy, your testes still make sperm, but your body absorbs it. You can ejaculate the same amount you did before the operation, but there’s no risk of getting your partner pregnant. In other words, you can enjoy sex without the worry of accidental conception, freeing yourself like never before.
Choosing this procedure is always a highly personal decision. If you have a partner, we also recommend discussing it with them to ensure you are on the same page. That being said, many patients find this procedure to be a freeing experience. By removing the concern of accidental conception, you become free to enjoy sex more fully.
In some cases, a vasectomy may be reversed as well. However, this is not guaranteed to be possible. So we highly recommend being sure of your decision before committing to your procedure.
Lastly, it is important to note that this procedure does not prevent the transmission of STIs. So, the use of condoms is still important for reducing the risk of infection or transmission.
The highly experienced medical doctors at Comprehensive Urology offer several types of vasectomy treatment. The team uses state-of-the-art microsurgical techniques to achieve the best possible results. Depending on your health history and goals, your provider might recommend:
During a standard vasectomy, your Comprehensive Urology provider makes two minor cuts in the skin of your scrotum. Next, they carefully cut and remove a piece of the vas deferens. These are the tubes responsible for carrying sperm to the seminal vesicle. Lastly, your provider cuts off the end of each tube and seals it with a suture. Your provider then uses dissolvable stitches to close the initial incisions.
Most vasectomies last about 30 minutes. It’s an outpatient procedure, so you can return home following surgery. The advanced methods used by Dr. Kia Michel and his team allow patients to often have it without any pain whatsoever during the procedure.
During a no-scalpel vasectomy, your Comprehensive Urology provider carefully locates the vas deferens. They then place a clamp on your scrotum. Next, your provider makes a tiny hole in your skin, stretches it open, and lifts the vas deferens out. Your provider then cuts each tube, seals off the end, and carefully puts it back. This method is ideal for completely minimizing any scarring.
Maybe you’ve already had a vasectomy. But not you have decided you want to try and have children again. In some cases, your Comprehensive Urology provider might recommend a vasectomy reversal. During this type of surgery, your provider reconnects your vas deferens, so it once again carries sperm to the seminal vesicle. When successful, fertility is restored. So you can try for kids as soon as you fully recover.
Our team at Comprehensive Urology work to provide a caring and supportive atmosphere. As such, they want to ensure you’re in full comfort during treatment and recovery. To facilitate these efforts, the team usually recommends light sedation. This means you’re comfortable during treatment and unaware of the entire operation. Patients typically have a quick recovery after a vasectomy and can return to their normal activity within days.
Many patients are surprised to learn that a vasectomy has a relatively short recovery period. Most patients find themselves fully recovered after a little more than a week, usually about 8-9 days total. However, it will be important to avoid sexual activity until fully healed.
An important note is that this procedure does not immediately remove all sperm from semen. Depending on the patient, it can take about three months after your procedure to be semen-free entirely. During this time, it will be vital to continue your other birth control methods to prevent conception.
If you have any other questions while recovering, contact the Comprehensive Urology team. We will gladly provide any additional information, tips, and support along the way.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are ready to take control over reproduction, then you may be ready for a vasectomy. The first step is to schedule your consultation. During your meeting with one of our experts, you can learn more about this procedure and see if it is the right choice for you. To schedule a vasectomy consultation at Comprehensive Urology, call the office or book an appointment online today.