When you have made the decision that you do not want to have children, and using condoms for the rest of your life is something you want to avoid, then having a vasectomy may be the right solution for you. Your personal physician will refer you to a Victorville General Surgeon for an examination and consultation to ensure that you are a good candidate for a vasectomy.
Once you have been physically cleared for a vasectomy, your surgeon will explain how to prepare for the procedure, what will happen during the procedure, and how to care for yourself during recovery. To minimize the chance of swelling and to support your scrotum, you will be asked to bring a pair of tight-fitting underpants to wear home after the surgery. Because you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the surgery site, you will need to have someone available to drive you home after the operation.
There are two approaches to having a vasectomy. One method requires the surgeon to make one small incision in the upper area of your scrotum. The other method is called a no-scalpel approach and requires the surgeon to make a small puncture in the upper area of your scrotum.
How a Vasectomy is Performed
Your surgeon will use a needle to inject a local anesthetic into the skin at the surgery site. Once the area is numb, your surgeon will either make one small incision or one small puncture in the upper part of your scrotum. Using surgical instruments, your surgeon will isolate and pull the tube that carries your semen from your testicle out through the incision or puncture to cut the tube. The ends of the tube will be closed off by cauterizing them, or by tying them, or by using surgical clips. The tube ends are then placed back inside, and the incision is closed with sutures, or the puncture hole will be covered with surgical tape.
After the Procedure
You will remain in the clinic or surgeon’s office for a short period of time to ensure that you are well enough to go home. It is normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort after the procedure that will go away after a few days. If needed, your surgeon will prescribe pain medication during your recovery period.