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Vasectomies are a form of male birth control that cut the supply of sperm to the semen by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm. Vasectomies are low risk and can usually be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia.

Before getting a vasectomy, patients need to be certain that they don’t want to father a child in the future. Although vasectomy reversals are possible, vasectomies should be considered a permanent form of male birth control

Who is a candidate?

Men who do not want children, or more children, are the most popular candidates for a vasectomy.

What to expect

Vasectomy surgery usually takes about 10 to 30 minutes. The procedure normally follows these steps:

  • The surgery area is numbed by injecting a local anesthetic into the skin of the scrotum with a small needle
  • A small puncture in the scrotum is then made (instead of an incision) in a minimally invasive procedure called the “no-scalpel” technique – a technique used by all Jefferson Surgical Clinic surgeons
  • The vas deferens (tube that carries semen) is cut after being pulled from the scrotum
  • The vas deferens is sealed and returned to the scrotum
  • The opening is closed. In some cases, the wound may be left to close on its own over time

Recovery usually takes only 2-3 days after then procedure, though strenuous and sexual activity should be avoided.

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