A permanent method of birth control for men, a vasectomy ultimately prevents sperm from being released during ejaculation. The procedure does not affect the penis or sexual health but eliminates the possibility of pregnancy. There are two types of vasectomy procedures: incision and no-scalpel.
During a vasectomy at Urology of Greater Atlanta, your scrotum will be cleaned and possibly shaved to allow easy access to the vas deferens.
Once your doctor locates the vas deferens by touch, they administer a local anesthetic to the area, then make a small incision in the scrotum to access the vas deferens. They make a small cut in each tube of the vas deferens and stitch the ends are closed or seal them with heat to prevent sperm from traveling from the testicles during an ejaculation.
Finally, your doctor closes the incisions with dissolvable stitches.
As the name suggests, this vasectomy procedure is done without making an incision. Instead, your doctor inserts a very small clamp into your scrotum, which clips the vas deferens much like the incision approach but without the hassle of stitches.
Both methods typically take 30 minutes with little or no complications.
After a vasectomy, you're still able to ejaculate, but your semen doesn't contain any sperm, making pregnancy virtually impossible. Your testicles will still create sperm, but since their path has been stopped from the separation of the vas deferens, your body reabsorbs the sperm. With a 99% success rate, vasectomies continue to be one of the most effective forms of birth control.
It’s important to use alternative birth control methods until your sperm count has been tested and results in zero. If you’re certain having children is no longer an option, reach out to Urology of Greater Atlanta for a vasectomy consultation.