Is a Vasectomy The Right Choice For You?
Getting a vasectomy is a medical decision which requires a lot of planning and careful decision making.
Here at Metrocentre we can offer expert medical advice so that you feel you have the right mental tools in order to make the right decision. Dr Lekich at Metrocentre is one of the leading doctors when it comes to microsurgical techniques, as he was trained personally by and appointed the successor of Professor Earl Owen (commonly referred to as the father microsurgery). This ensures that you are putting your health and final surgical treatment outcomes in some of the most experienced hands.
In order to make an informed decision it is important to find out more about the procedure.
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that is taken in order to inhibit the reproductive process. There are three main types of vasectomy which are traditional vasectomy, no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) and open-ended vasectomy. Each of these procedures is performed with the same end goal in mind, being the clamping, sealing or cutting of the vas deferens. This prevents the sperm and semen combining inside of the testes which is required for fertilisation of the female egg. The different types of vasectomies are all unique however some are much more uncomfortable than others. Dr Lekich at Metrocentre opts for the open-ended vasectomy because it is much more comfortable for patients, reduces the likelihood of post-vasectomy pain syndrome and offers an increased chance of a successful reversal.
The open-ended vasectomy involves severing the connection between sperm and semen
This vasectomy procedure involves Dr Lekich precisely making two incisions in the vas tubes. The testicular end of the vas tube is left unsealed and separated from the other end of the tube by fine suturing. This stops the sperm and semen combining, although sperm will still be produced. This will be released into the body tissue surrounding one end of the vas tube where it will then be reabsorbed by the tissue.
A traditional vasectomy involves sealing the vas tubes
During this procedure, which is not offered at Metrocentre, the doctor will forcibly gain access to the vas tubes via scalpel or sharp forceps. He will then proceed to seal this tube by burning, tying or stapling the tube and possibly removing small sections.
The No-Scalpel Vasectomy uses a different route of access
This procedure (also not offered at the Metrocentre) accesses the vas deferens via tearing the skin instead of creating an incision. The vas tube is then cut, tied or cauterised in order to prevent the movement of sperm. Sperm will still be produced once the vas is sealed.
Men get vasectomies for a number of reasons
As you can imagine vasectomies require a lot of careful thought – this is not a procedure to perform on a whim. Most men think about this procedure for months before receiving it for one of the following reasons:
1) Birth Control
Many men choose a vasectomy because they and their partner either do not want any more children or they cannot financially support any more children, which would make an unexpected pregnancy very difficult.
2) No pregnancy anxiety
Many individuals find that not having to worry about pregnancy enlivens their sex life and creates a sense of mental freedom in the bedroom. Although you will still need to wear protection for the following three months after surgery, the reward for your procedure may be well worth the wait.
The benefits of vasectomy and what to expect
A numb sensation can be expected after surgery for approximately 1-2 hours. The best way to deal with this is by applying ice-packs to the area and make sure you relax and recline for the ensuing hours. You may also wish to invest in some tighter underwear which will soothingly compress the area slightly. Many men are concerned about the inhibitions vasectomy can have after the procedure but it’s important to know that the procedure will not affect your libido, erection function, orgasm sensation or your ability to ejaculate.