Vasectomy – The Procedure Step-By-Step
Author: K.D. Schroeder;
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Vasectomy is an outpatient procedure typically performed under local anesthesia in an ambulatory surgery center. Understanding what will take place before you arrive can help alleviate some of your anxiety.
- First, a local anesthetic is administered, which results in a pain-free procedure.
- Your surgeon will make a small opening in the scrotum. The sperm duct, called the vas deferens, is exposed through the opening. A 1-centimeter segment on either side of each testicle is then removed.
- The ends of the vas deferens are then cauterized and sealed with titanium clips and placed back inside the scrotum.
- A small dissolvable stitch is placed to close the hole in the scrotum. The procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes.
- Patients typically return to work in two days, and an ice pack placed gently on the scrotum is recommended to reduce any pain or swelling following the procedure. If you do have any discomfort, acetaminophen can be taken.