vasectomy is considered a relatively small surgery in today’s massive surgical arena. In most cases, a vasectomy is a safe option for most patients to prevent pregnancy. There are several factors to consider prior to this surgery and important information to review – If you are unsure about what takes place during and after the procedure, continue reading to satisfy your curiosity.

A vasectomy is a procedure that is commonly used for male sterilization and contraception. The vas deferens, which is located in the scrotum, is cut during this procedure. Afterwards, sperm can no longer be discharged through the vas deferens and is unable to get into the semen. However, a vasectomy does not alter the production of hormones in men. Instead, they’re absorbed and metabolized by the body. The ejaculate after a vasectomy, even though sperm is no longer present, has the same consistency, amount, appearance, and smell as it did before the surgery. Even the libido and erectile function of a man isn’t affected by the surgery

When You May Consider a Vasectomy

Some basic principles need to be considered when it comes to a vasectomy. One must believe that it is not reversible. The conviction of having any (more) children should be independent of the current partnership and any other circumstances which might change in the future. A vasectomy is a life-changing decision. The cost of a vasectomy varies on where you live; however, most insurance companies will pay for part of the surgery.

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A one to three centimeter chunk is removed and the ends are cauterized and clamped. The doctor who per- forms the vasectomy will do so on an outpatient basis and under local anesthesia. The probability of success is very high—it is close to 100 percent, in fact. In very rare cases, the two severed pieces of the vas deferens can reconnect after the operation—even if the vasectomy was performed properly. This is called spontaneous re- canalization. But this happens in less than 0.1 percent of all men.

Common Side Effect

The most common side effects of a vasectomy are infections and hematoma. They occur with a probability of one to two percent, but are also dependent on the routine and experience of the treating physician. Most men feel that a vasectomy is not as painful as they expected, although there is some pain involved. Most patients, about two-thirds, have no pain during the vasectomy. After the surgery, though, it rarely causes permanent pain in the epididymis area. This is known as post-vasectomy pain syndrome. Unfortunately, it is not clear how many men suffer from this syndrome.

Apart from the above mentioned side effects and dangers of any medical intervention, you should take into account that a vasectomy has its pros and cons. While it is not impossible to reverse the procedure (called re- fertilization), an operation like this is more complicated and more expensive than a vasectomy.


DAN HIBBERT, MD. provides patients with comprehensive urological care, utilizing his extensive experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Hibbert earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Ohio State University School of Medicine in 2002. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 1997. Dr. Hibbert completed his urological residency at the University Of Rochester Medical Center, also earning a Master of Business Administration at the university’s Simon School of Business.