Denver, CO: Each March, Advanced Urology urologists experience an increase in men scheduling vasectomies; the one thing most of these men have in common? They are college basketball fans.
“Vasectomy, a common and extremely safe techniques for permanent male sterilization requires a simple in-office 10-15 minute procedure followed by 1-2 day rest period for recovery,” Damian Sorce, MD, explains.
The procedure gives college basketball fans the perfect excuse to sit on the couch and enjoy great sports TV. The March Madness 2015 college basketball tournament games beginning March 17 and ending April 6 provide the perfect distraction during vasectomy recovery.
While some myths continue to deter men from undergoing a vasectomy, Advanced Urology offers the simple, safe and low-pain no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy. “Many men believe a vasectomy will be painful, cause them to miss work or cause sexual problems,” explains Michael Glass, MD. “The truth is, there is only minor discomfort for about 30 seconds while the anesthetic is applied and we recommend a 24-48 hour rest period, and most men experience no change in sexual performance or desire.”
Each year, approximately 600,000 vasectomies are performed in the U.S.; this procedure is considered extremely safe and nearly 100 percent effective. During a vasectomy, sperm is blocked from combining with seamen by sealing the tubes that normally carry the sperm.
No-Needle, No-Scalpel Technique
Instead of injecting anesthetic via needle, men may opt for the no-needle approach where local anesthetic is delivered through the skin via a high-pressure sprayer to make the scrotum numb. And, instead of cutting two larger incisions on each scrotum, as was the traditional method, the no-scalpel vasectomy is performed through only one skin puncture. No-scalpel vasectomy has fewer complications and less bleeding.
It is important to note that for the first six weeks following a vasectomy, you must use another method of birth control. It is possible that some sperm remain in your vas deferens following the procedure. At six weeks, you will go back to your urologist’s office to leave a semen sample, once it shows a zero sperm count you can be sure that your vasectomy is 100% effective.
Learn more about turning a 15-minute procedure into hours of basketball watching.