First interesting thing: Getting an infection is uncommon. Most urologists do not place a suture in the small opening necessary for doing the procedure and this may be protective. Second interesting thing: If there is a sperm granuloma or some swelling or tenderness under the scrotal skin, it usually resolves on its own and…is…
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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.
Dr. McHugh answers vasectomy questions from patients all over the USA on vasectomy.com. If you click on the link below and then click on Q and A you’ll be directed to all of the questions he’s answered over the years. The site breaks down the categories to help navigate to a particular area of concern. If you have a vasectomy question you can post it on vasectomy.com under “Ask the Doctor” and the likelihood is that Dr. McHugh will be asked to answer it. Give it a whirl!
Remember to then click on Q and A to get the archives of Dr. McHugh’s answers.
Thank you. We are glad you are doing well. J.M.
At the end of each vasectomy consultation and then after the vasectomy has been performed I tell the couple this, “The most important thing I will tell you is that you must not have unprotected sexual activity until we prove there are no sperm. It usually takes about 30 ejaculation to clear the sperm from the tube beyond the vasectomy site. In America approximately 50% of the men who have had a vasectomy will not get checked to be sure they are clear. You don’t have my guarantee until this has been done.”
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Vasectomy Quick Facts
Here is a helpful collection of interesting facts and points of information about vasectomy:
- Each year, between 500,000 and 600,000 men select vasectomy as the permanent birth control method of choice in their family.
- Vasectomy is considered nearly 100 percent effective, safe, and does not interfere with sexual pleasure.
- The No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) procedure was developed in the early 1970s in China by Dr. Li Shunqiang.
- During the past few decades, over 15 million vasectomies have been performed around the world using the NSV technique.
- No-scalpel vasectomy can be completed in about 15 – 20 minutes.
- A vasectomy does not reduce a manís sexual drive, virility or his ability to have or enjoy sex.
- About 85 percent of health care insurance programs include coverage for the vasectomy procedure, so there may be little or no cost to you.
- Most vasectomy procedures are performed by urologists; medical doctors who are specialists in the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.
- Sterilization for a man (vasectomy) is significantly less expensive than for a woman (tubal ligation), which may be as much as five times more costly. Learn more about vasectomy costs.
- Many vasectomy procedures are performed on Thursdays or Fridays to allow for a weekend vasectomy recovery time – before returning to work the following week.
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Urology Care Foundation is funded by the American Urological Association. It is a very useful site both for urologists as well as urological patients. On this site a patient can download infographic posters and subscribe for free for the monthly magazine. Click on the image below to get a taste of the top 5 tweets by UCF for the year and then checkout this informative website-urologyhealth.org.