What is Vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a urologic surgical procedure designed to stop sperm from combining with the other fluids that constitute semen.
Following a vasectomy, your body continues to generate sperm, but it is absorbed by your body instead of being ejaculated. Vasectomy stands second only to abstinence in its effectiveness as a birth control method. Each year, 500,000 American men choose to have a vasectomy.
The Functioning of the Male Reproductive System
The testes in a man generate sperm and sex hormones. Once the sperm forms, it exits the testes through a tube named the epididymis. The epididymis links to the prostate through a long tube known as the vas deferens, which then connects to the ejaculatory duct.
During ejaculation, the seminal fluid combines with the sperm to form semen. The semen is propelled through the urethra and emerges from the penis tip.
What to Expect Before Undergoing a Vasectomy
Typically, a vasectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure. Your Skyline Urology professional will decide if you require local or full sedation based on your anatomy, anxiety levels, and overall medical history.
Before the operation, the team shaves and cleans your scrotum using an antiseptic solution. Following this, you will receive local anesthesia to ensure a painless and comfortable experience. If you feel discomfort at any point, you are encouraged to communicate this.
The Different Kinds of Vasectomy
Indeed, Skyline Urology offers both conventional and no-scalpel vasectomy.
In a conventional vasectomy, your physician cautiously makes a couple of small incisions on your scrotum to access the vas deferens. Then, your provider cuts your vas deferens, leaving a small gap between the two ends.
Finally, the doctor secures the ends and repeats the process with your other vas deferens. Small sutures may be needed if the incisions don’t heal independently.
In a no-scalpel vasectomy, your Skyline Urology practitioner identifies your vas deferens and secures them with a clamp.
Subsequently, a small puncture wound is created in your scrotum, and the vas deferens is gently extracted. The doctor then cuts and ties the vas deferens before returning them to their place.
No-scalpel vasectomy is minimally invasive, resulting in quicker recovery periods and reduced risk of side effects or potential complications.
What Does Vasectomy Reversal Involve?
During a vasectomy reversal, your surgeon reconnects the vas deferens to the epididymis, enabling sperm to once again mix with your semen.
Several factors motivate men to undergo vasectomy reversals, including the desire for additional children or simply a change of decision.
If you want to explore more about vasectomy or vasectomy reversal, call or utilize the online booking tool to schedule an appointment at Skyline Urology today.