Our office made T-shirts a few years back with “We cater to cowards” on the front. They were a big hit, however it happened on more than one occasion that someone asked, “Aren’t you making fun of men? Aren’t you going to make them mad at you?” Well…here’s the dirty little secret…it is no secret that men don’t make good patients in general and they don’t make good vasectomy patient’s in particular. They are unabashedly honest about not liking the idea of “being cut on down there.” So… no it doesn’t embarrass them “a tall” and the more things we can do to make the process pleasant and yes, less painful, the better.
For our vasectomy patients we offer a wide array of options to neutralize this “pain concern issue.”
- A pre-med prescription of a sedative and a pain pill one hour before the procedure
- If done in the office we use the No-needle No-scalpel technique (This means one small incision the size of a piece of rice that does not require a suture).
- We have a fan in the room moving air around and this helps any anxiety. We play music in the room louder than normal as a distraction. These are small things but part of a bigger plan to decrease any nervousness the patient might be experiencing…without voicing it. That’s right, not every anxious male patient is going to tell you he is anxious or worried. He may not tell us…but we know.
- For the patient who “doesn’t want to know nothing” and just fall asleep and then wake up and it’s done…we have an accredited surgery center where the vasectomy can be done under I.V. general anesthesia. Easily 65% of our patients prefer this if they are not significantly affected by cost.
- We have special pricing that is fair and matches up with what the expense would have been if they had insurance for patients who are self pay or have high deductibles.
- We mention “fair” because often times non insurance self pay patients, at some practices, are asked to pay more than what an insurance would allow. We don’t do that.
- It doesn’t hurt, no pun intended, that we have done thousands of vasectomies over our thirty years in practice and continue to perform 12-15 a month at both our office and our surgery center.
A recent testimonial from a vasectomy patient:
I was very pleased with the entire process. Dr. McHugh fully educated me on the vasectomy and then performed the procedure perfectly. He made the entire experience easy and painless.
Call or email 24/7 to schedule consultation-we’ll make every effort to address your biggest concerns and …”get er done.”
Did you know?
- When a male dog is neutered he is having his testicles removed.
- Testosterone and sperm are produced in the testicles, however only sperm goes out through the vas deferns.
- Although produced in the testicles, testosterone goes out into the body through the blood system.
- So…a vasectomy, which severs and occludes the vas tubes, prevents sperm from being in the ejaculate and does not affect the testosterone level.
- Tell that to your friends at work who, upon hearing that you are having a vasectomy, that no, you won’t be having a voice like a girl. Now you know why.
- After a vasectomy you are infertile, not impotent.
- Because the testosterone remains the same you have no change in your libido.
- It takes about 30 ejaculations to clear the vas tube of sperm beyond the vasectomy site so you will be advised to use protection until the urologist confirms the absence of sperm by microscopic evaluation or a home kit called spermcheck.com which can be ordered online.
In case you have other questions…below is an informative and slightly humorous podcast by Dr. McHugh entitled Vasectomy 101 (Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.)
Considering a vasectomy? Contact us for a consultation. We have special pricing for patients with a high deductible as well as those who are self-pay.
Physicians are often accused of “throwing medicines at a problem” and there is truth in this. However, most doctors use medicines as an adjunct to complement measures a patient can take to help urinary issues. This article goes into things “the patient can do” to help the issue and make a medicine, if one chooses to take it, more effective or not necessary…at all.
From Medical News Today-This is a good starting point in the management of OAB symptoms.
My vasectomy failed. My doctor recommended another procedure with a larger incision under general anesthesia. Should I be concerned?
No, there are no hidden urological messages in this book…it is just delightful. All of the Russian stuff circulating around in the news has piqued my interest in Russian history. This book is historical fiction and about a Count who in 1918 or so has been banned to live out the rest of his life…in a hotel. Just as I thought “Boys in the Boat” would be too limited in scope to enjoy and was wrong, so too was my first impression of this book.
Not since “A Man Called Ove” has a book captured my imagination and has been informative as well. If you like a bit of history and want to go a little deeper into Russian history than you’ll get on the news, then let me assure you that you will cherish this book.
Don’t like to read? I listen to books while I’m in the care or when I walk or ride a bike…so there is no excuse.
Vasectomy Not Associated With Prostate Cancer
Urology – February 28, 2009 – Vol. 25 – No. 04
Article Reviewed: Vasectomy and the Risk of Prostate Cancer. Holt SK, Salinas CA, Stanford JL: J Urol; 2008;180 (December): 2565-2568.
I am often asked about using essential oils for a variety of urological issues. Here is a discussion of using oils as it pertains to bladder infections. Click Here!