Vasectomy is the most common form of male surgical sterilization. During a vasectomy, Dr. Huffer and the experienced team at Alaskan Interior Urology cut or block off the small tubes in the scrotum that carry sperm. It is generally a quick procedure and is almost 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.
There are two types of vasectomies. During the incision method, our experienced and knowledgeable specialists make one or two small cuts in the skin of the scrotum. Through these cuts, the vas deferens, which are the tubes that carry sperm, are blocked off. The tubes may be tied, blocked off with surgical clips, or closed with an electrical current. During the no-scalpel method, Dr. Huffer and his team make a tiny puncture to reach both vas deferens. No-cut methods lower the risk of infection and other complications and generally take less time to heal.
The Vasectomy Procedure is Nearly 100% Effective.
Prior to a vasectomy, patients may be asked to prepare by:
- Stop taking all aspirin or blood thinning products one week prior to the procedure.
- Arrange to rest and be off from work for 2-3 days after the vasectomy.
- Carefully shave all of the hair from the scrotum. It is not necessary to shave the entire pubic area, only the scrotum.
- Wear or bring close-fitting underwear that will support the scrotum and help hold the bandages in place.
After the Vasectomy
Following the procedure, it is common to expect some bruising and redness at the site of the incision. The sutures in your incision will dissolve and fall out within 5-10 days. There may be some yellow or white discharge from the incision as the sutures dissolve. You may notice a small open gap at the site of the incision after the sutures fall out that will close up over time. You may notice some firmness in the area around the incision. It will soften, flatten, and return to normal within a few weeks.
To facilitate a speedy recovery, please adhere to the following instructions post-procedure:
- Wear close-fitting underwear for 1-2 days to hold the bandages in place and protect the scrotum.
- Place an icepack on your scrotum to minimize swelling during the first 24 hours.
- Most patients only require ibuprofen or Tylenol to control pain. However, Dr. Huffer may give you a prescription for pain medication if you find you need a stronger pain controller.
- You may take showers starting the day after the procedure, but avoid soaking the scrotum in baths, swimming pools, or hot tubs until the sutures completely dissolve.
- Rest for a few days. Do not play sports, perform heavy lifting, or have sex for 3 days after the vasectomy. After 3 days you may slowly return to your normal activities.
Contact Alaskan Interior Urology if you experience any of the following complications:
- Temperature above 101.5°F
- Bleeding from your incision that will not stop
- Redness or swelling that does not subside
- Difficulty urinating