Vasectomy Procedure in Metro Atlanta

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure performed on males as a permanent form of contraception. It involves cutting or blocking the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra, effectively preventing the sperm from reaching the semen ejaculated during sexual intercourse. This procedure is intended to provide long-term contraception and is considered a highly effective method of preventing pregnancy.

Vasectomy is typically recommended for men who are certain that they do not want to father children in the future or have completed their desired family size. It is a popular choice for couples who no longer wish to use other forms of contraception, such as condoms or hormonal methods, and desire a more permanent solution.

The Procedure

During a vasectomy, Dr. Bhalani will make a small puncture in the scrotum (scalpel-less vasectomy), locate the vas deferens, and either cut and seal them or block them using clips, ties, or cauterization. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The Benefits

Vasectomies are get-it-and-forget-it birth control. No trips to the pharmacy, nothing to buy or use, nothing to put in place before sex.

Vasectomy doesn’t mess with your hormones or sex drive. It won’t change the way having an orgasm or ejaculating feels. Your semen will still look, feel, and taste the same after a vasectomy — it just can’t get anybody pregnant.

A vasectomy takes the burden of preventing pregnancy off your partner, which can strengthen your relationship and make intimacy more enjoyable for them, too. Sex can get better and more spontaneous when you and your partner can focus on each other instead of birth control.

Risks and Side Effects

As with any surgical procedure, vasectomy carries potential risks and side effects, although they are generally rare. Some possible side effects and complications include:

  • Pain and discomfort: Mild pain, swelling, and bruising are common immediately after the procedure, but they usually resolve within a few days. In rare cases, some individuals may experience chronic testicular pain, known as post-vasectomy pain syndrome.
  • Infection: Infections at the incision site or in the scrotum are possible, although they are rare. Proper wound care and hygiene can help minimize the risk of infection.
  • Bleeding: Bleeding into the scrotum or from the incision site can occur but is uncommon. If excessive bleeding occurs, medical attention should be sought.
  • Sperm granuloma: In some cases, sperm may leak from the cut or blocked ends of the vas deferens and cause a small lump called a sperm granuloma. This lump is usually not painful and often resolves on its own, but occasionally, it may require medical intervention.
  • Failure: While vasectomy is considered highly effective, there is still a small risk of failure. It takes some time and several ejaculations to clear the remaining sperm from the reproductive system. Couples should use an alternative form of contraception until a follow-up semen analysis confirms a zero sperm count.

It is important to note that vasectomy does not provide immediate contraception, and an alternative method of contraception should be used until a follow-up test confirms the absence of sperm in the semen.

Before considering a vasectomy, it is advisable to have a detailed discussion with a healthcare professional who can provide personalized advice based on individual circumstances and needs. Call our office to schedule a consultation at (678) 321-7227.

FAQs

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure used for permanent male sterilization. It involves cutting or blocking the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra.

While vasectomy reversal is possible, it’s not always successful. The success rate varies depending on the time since the vasectomy and other factors. It’s considered a permanent form of contraception.

The most common method involves making small incisions in the scrotum and cutting or sealing the vas deferens. This prevents sperm from entering the ejaculate.

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, so patients typically experience little to no pain during the procedure. Some discomfort and mild pain are common during recovery.

Recovery time varies, but most men can return to normal activities within a few days. It’s important to follow post-operative care instructions to minimize discomfort and complications.

Typically, you can resume sexual activity within a week or two after the procedure, but you should use backup contraception until your doctor confirms that your semen is free of sperm.

Possible side effects include bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the scrotal area. Complications are rare but can include infection or chronic pain.

A vasectomy should not affect sexual desire or the ability to have an erection. It only prevents the release of sperm during ejaculation.

No, a vasectomy does not offer any protection against STIs. You should continue to practice safe sex if you are at risk of STIs.

Yes, you will still ejaculate, but your semen will no longer contain sperm. The volume and appearance of ejaculate remain largely unchanged.

It may take several months and 15-20 ejaculations to clear all remaining sperm from the vas deferens. You need to continue using contraception until your doctor confirms that your semen is sperm-free.

Yes, some men choose to bank sperm before the procedure in case they decide to have children in the future.

Coverage varies by insurance plans and regions. Check with your insurance provider to see if they cover the cost of the procedure.

The cost of a vasectomy varies, but it’s generally more affordable than other long-term contraceptive methods. The cost can include the procedure itself and any associated pre-operative or post-operative care.

The short answer is yes.  The decision to perform a vasectomy on a young, childless individual can be performed after a thorough discussion of risks and benefits.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider or urologist to discuss your specific situation, address your concerns, and get accurate information about vasectomy.

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