Vasectomy Procedures in Sioux Falls, SD
What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a form of male birth control during which the tubes that carry sperm, are cut. When the tube is cut, there is no way for sperm to be released from the penis. This procedure is considered to be permanent, but it is possible to have the vasectomy reversed should the patient change their mind in the future.
What are the Two Types of Vasectomy?
There are two types of vasectomy, a traditional vasectomy using a scalpel and the more popular no-scalpel vasectomy, which does not require incisions. In most cases, a vasectomy will be performed in-office and is considered an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home when the vasectomy is completed. Full-anesthesia is not required, only a local anesthetic is necessary.
Traditional Scalpel Vasectomy
The surgeon will use a scalpel to create two small incisions on either side of the scrotum. The surgeon will remove a small section of the vas deferens. The tubes are tied, or cauterized so that they are closed and can no longer transport sperm.
A no-scalpel vasectomy does not use incisions, rather, the surgeon is able to access the vas deferens through very small holes. No stitches are needed for this form of surgery.
Benefits of a Vasectomy
It is recommended that men only get a vasectomy when they are certain that they no longer wish to have children. It is the preferred choice for many couples because:
- The use of male birth control (condoms) or female birth control (pills, IUDs, etc.) is no longer needed.
- The procedure is almost 100 percent certain to prevent pregnancy.
- It is much less expensive than female sterilization.
Keep in mind, a vasectomy does not protect you against STDs.
Recovering from your Vasectomy
Immediately following the procedure, there will be bruising and swelling, but those symptoms should subside after a few days. Your doctor will recommend that you apply ice packs every few hours to help control these symptoms. Wear tight-fitting underwear so that the scrotum is provided extra support.
Get plenty of bed rest during the first week. At the very least, stay off of your feet for two or three days. Avoid bathing for about 48 hours because this will allow the incisions to heal faster and prevent infection. Take the antibiotics that your doctor provides. Most patients are able to return to their normal lives after one week.
When Can I Have Sex After a Vasectomy?
Wait at least one week before having sexual intercourse. It is important to know that you may not be sterile immediately after the surgery. Ejaculate may still contain sperm and may continue to for several months after the procedure. After a few months, the doctor will check sperm levels to confirm that it is declining until it reaches zero, so a follow visit will be necessary.
Will a Vasectomy Affect Sex Drive?
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive and orgasms. Occasionally, men feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away.
Schedule a Consultation With Urology Specialists
If you are considering a vasectomy, the experienced urologists at Urology Specialists will walk you through every step of the procedure with a thorough consultation. To schedule an appointment, call our office in Sioux Falls at (605) 336-0635.