A vasectomy is among the most effective forms of birth control. The experienced urology team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates has done more than 8,000 vasectomies at their offices in West Hills and Tarzana, California. The urology experts use the no-scalpel technique when doing vasectomies. To schedule your vasectomy consultation, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
A vasectomy is a minor surgery that blocks the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm from your testicles to your semen.
A vasectomy is an effective, permanent form of birth control. The San Fernando Valley Urological Associates team only recommends this procedure if you have no future plans to father a child.
The urology experts at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates can talk to you about the procedure and help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
The San Fernando Valley Urological Associates team uses the no-scalpel technique when doing a vasectomy. This in-office procedure takes less than 30 minutes, requires no stitches, causes minimal discomfort, and offers a faster recovery.
The team has been doing these no-scalpel vasectomies since it was first introduced more than 30 years ago. The team uses a local anesthetic for the procedure and offers nitrous oxide to ease anxiety and pain.
During the no-scalpel vasectomy, your provider feels for the vas deferens under the skin of your scrotum. He holds it in place with a clamp. He makes a tiny puncture in the skin, stretches the opening, and then gently lifts the vas deferens.
Your provider ties or clips the vas deferens, cauterizes (burns) each cut end, and puts it back in place.
San Fernando Valley Urological Associates also offers the traditional vasectomy when it’s needed. During this procedure, your provider makes two incisions, one through your skin and one to sever the vas deferens. Your provider then cauterizes the ends, ties them, and sutures the skin.
Some swelling and discomfort are to be expected following your vasectomy. You should plan on taking the rest of the day off. Most patients return to work the next day and fully recover in less than a week.
You can resume sexual activity a week after your vasectomy. However, you need to use other forms of birth control following your vasectomy. It takes up to 20 ejaculations or three months for all the sperm to clear from your semen.
The team tests your semen so that you know when it’s safe to discontinue other forms of birth control.
To schedule a vasectomy consultation with the experienced team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates, call the office today or click the online booking button.