A vasectomy is a minor, outpatient procedure which blocks the transportation of sperm to the prostate. During this procedure, the vas deferens tubes (the path sperm take to the prostate for ejaculation) is cut and sealed to prevent sperm from exiting the body. It is performed right in our office and should only take about 20 or 30 minutes with local anesthesia.
Dr. Hernandez or Dr. Grady will walk you through this simple procedure and quick recovery, usually with a recommendation to use a backup birth control method for up to three months after your vasectomy. While any surgery has a certain amount of risk, the small size of the incision for this procedure causes very few side effects and minimal risk of infection or bleeding.
It is thought to be the most effective method of permanent birth control and a safer option than tubal ligation, the female equivalent. If you’re considering a vasectomy, call the Fog City Urology office today to speak with our experts about the benefits, risks, and specifics of this procedure.