What is a Vasectomy?
A Vasectomy is a minor procedure that is done as a means of contraception for men (prevention of pregnancy). It is intended as a permanent form of contraception.
Important things to remember
- A Vasectomy does not produce immediate sterility. Typically this occurs around 1-3 months following the procedure
- Another form of contraception is required until vas occlusion is confirmed by post- vasectomy semen analysis
- You will be given a prescription for a mild sedative at your consultation to be taken 30 minutes prior to the procedure. You will also be given a prescription for pain medication after the conclusion of your Vasectomy.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled some of the most common questions that men ask when learning about vasectomies. Read for yourself to learn more about vasectomy options.
What is a Vasectomy?
- A Vasectomy is a minor procedure that is done as a means of contraception for men (prevention of pregnancy).
- It is intended as a permanent form of contraception
What is a No-Scalpel Vasectomy
A No-Scalpel Vasectomy does not utilize incisions or scalpels. Instead two small holes are created with an instrument to access the vas deferens on each side. Typically absorbable sutures are used to close these holes.
How effective is a Vasectomy
- A Vasectomy is around 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
- < 1% of men would potentially need a repeat Vasectomy procedure
Are there complications to a Vasectomy?
- The rates of complications such as hematoma and infection are 1-2%
- Chronic scrotal pain associated with negative impact on quality of life occurs after vasectomy in about 1-2% of men
Where is a Vasectomy performed
- Typically a Vasectomy is performed in the office setting with local anesthesia and an oral sedative.
- Some men or their surgeon may opt to have a Vasectomy performed under general anesthesia.
How much does a Vasectomy cost?
- Most insurance carriers cover a consultation and the Vasectomy procedure
- For those patients whose insurance does not cover a Vasectomy, Dr. Higley charges $100 for the consultation and $500 for the Vasectomy procedure and post-procedure care including the follow up semen analysis.