Vasectomy Experts in Las Vegas, NV
More than 500,000 men undergo a vasectomy each year in the United States, making it the most commonly performed male birth control procedure. Our team of expert urologists specialize in no-scalpel vasectomy procedures at our offices throughout Las Vegas. Our team has performed thousands of successful procedures, so you can feel confident that your vasectomy will be safe and effective. Call or request an appointment to schedule your vasectomy today.
What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a form of birth control for men. The procedure involves cutting the the vas deferens which are the tubes that carry sperm. When the tube is cut, there is no way for sperm to be released from the penis. This procedure is considered a permanent form of birth control, but it is possible to have a reversal surgery should the patient change their mind in the future.
What are the 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.
In most cases, a vasectomy will be performed in-office and is considered an outpatient procedure. Full-anesthesia is not required, only a local anesthetic is necessary. There are two ways to complete this procedure.
During a vasectomy at Las Vegas Urology, your scrotum will be cleaned and possibly shaved to allow easy access to the vas deferens. 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.
The No-Scalpel vasectomy is an in-office procedure that takes about 20 minutes. First, if requested, your Las Vegas urologist applies a topical numbing cream to your skin at the treatment area or supplies an oral sedative. You can also expect a local injection with a numbing agent to make your procedure as comfortable and painless as possible. The physician then gently punctures your scrotum with a needle through very small holes to access to your vas deferens. The vas deferens is then carefully cut and each of the ends are sealed. A no-scalpel vasectomy does not use incisions and no stitches are needed for this form of surgery.
Recovery After the Procedure
Immediately following a vasectomy, there will be bruising and swelling, but those symptoms should subside after a few days. 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. Most men resume light work 2-3 days after the procedure and most resume full activities in about one week. 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.
What is the success rate?
A vasectomy is considered to be 99.8% effective. A vasectomy is more effective than all other forms of birth control including female tubal ligation -a more expensive procedure that is usually performed at the hospital under general anesthesia.
Can You Have Sex After a Vasectomy?
You can engage in sexual activities as soon as you feel comfortable, which will probably take anywhere from three to seven days. Keep in mind, you may not be sterile right away. Ejaculate may still contain sperm and may continue to for several months after the procedure so it’s important to continue using backup forms of birth control, like condoms (for you) or the pill (for her), for several months. After a few months, your Las Vegas urologist will check sperm levels to confirm that it is declining until it reaches zero.
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive, erections, performance and orgasms. In addition, hormone levels remain unchanged. Occasionally, men feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away. Sperm generally makes up less than 5% of the ejaculate volume, so the ejaculation itself should not be noticeably different after a vasectomy.
Schedule Your Vasectomy
If you think a vasectomy may be the right choice for your family, please call Las Vegas Urology at (702) 316-1616 to schedule a vasectomy consultation with one of our physicians and discuss all aspects of the procedure.