This basketball season, nets aren’t the only thing getting cut. Many men schedule their vasectomies too.
For men considering permanent birth control, March is a great time, said Dr. Robert Bates, a Harvard-trained urologist at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Men need about two days of couch time to recover after the procedure. The first round of the NCAA men’s Division I college basketball tournament is set for March 17-18. “It is good timing for a no-scalpel vasectomy,” Dr. Bates said.
While many men know what a vasectomy is, they don’t always know how the procedure works. Below are six common misperceptions about no-scalpel vasectomies.
- Doctors don’t remove your “basketballs.” Despite one popular myth, testicles are not removed during a vasectomy. In fact, a no-scalpel vasectomy doesn’t utilize scalpels, blades or rubber bands. Instead, a sharp hemostat makes a tiny puncture to the scrotum. Through this small hole, doctors use a special instrument to pull up the vas deferens. Vas deferens are thick tubes in the body that carry sperm cells. The vas deferens is cut and cauterized and then separated. After, the vas deferens is simply returned to the scrotum. The puncture hole seals without a need for sutures.
- Vasectomies are easy, breezy and masculine. Gone are the days of medieval torture devices like scalpels and sutures. No-scalpel vasectomies no longer cause bleeding, pain and long recoveries. A patient may have some soreness and swelling, which can easily be resolved by applying an ice pack.
“The most painful part of the entire procedure is the anticipation,” Dr. Bates said.
- 100% success rate. . . Vasectomies have a 100% success rate if two negative specimens are obtained and the failure rate is less than 0.5% or less than one in two hundred. JRMC laboratory will check sperm counts at one and two months after the procedure.
- Sexual desire will not change. Contrary to many fears, a vasectomy doesn’t have an impact on testosterone levels, nor does it impact sexual desire or seminal fluid output. Vasectomies also don’t increase your risk of prostate cancer.
- It’s a quickie. No-scalpel vasectomies generally take less than 30 minutes. With Dr. Bates’ help, patients may not even miss the second half of the game.
- No need for a referral. JRMC doesn’t require a referral from a primary care physician for no-scalpel vasectomies. For some, one of the most awkward parts of the procedure is communicating by phone, said Dr. Bates. However, the phone call is short and sweet, much like the vasectomies themselves.
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