Vasectomy in Syracuse, Utah
If your family is complete, you may be considering a long-term or permanent form of contraception. A vasectomy is easily performed in an outpatient clinic, and Dr. Kenneth Kooser performs vasectomies here at Syracuse Clinic for men from Syracuse, Layton, and across Davis County.
There are several techniques that a doctor can use to perform a vasectomy. Each method results in stopping sperm from traveling through the vas deferens, a small tube in the scrotum, thereby preventing pregnancy.
Most commonly, vasectomy involves making a small incision in the skin of the scrotum, removing about one centimeter of the vas deferens, cauterizing (searing) the vessel closed, then separating the two cut ends. The small incision is typically less than five millimeters in length.
Vasectomy is a common procedure with several advantages over other forms of birth control. The obvious advantage is that vasectomies are permanent, unlike birth control pills, condoms, IUDs, or many other forms of contraception.
Also, it is simple to verify a vasectomy was successful. Verification is done through a sperm count conducted a few weeks after the procedure is completed.
A vasectomy spares women from remembering to take a pill every day and saves couples from worrying whether barrier methods were successful. Another advantage is that there are no hormones involved. Birth control pills and many forms of birth control are quite effective, but there may be reasons why a woman does not want to use them or cannot use them for health reasons. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) have potential unwanted side effects.
While vasectomies are performed in an outpatient setting such as Syracuse Clinic using only local anesthesia, tubal ligation requires an operating room and general anesthesia. Compared to tubal ligation, vasectomies have less potential risk. This often will also translate to lower overall cost for the procedure, as well.
The Vasectomy Procedure
Typical concerns from patients regarding the vasectomy procedure have to do with pain, physical function, reversibility, and potential complications. Local anesthesia is used, so there is some mild and brief discomfort associated with the surgery, feeling much like a sharp bee sting that lasts only a few seconds. Most patients are pain-free during the procedure. Afterward, minor discomfort will typically last two to three days and is treated with ice, rest, and pain medication.
Individuals routinely can begin doing light work within three days and return to their normal activities within two weeks. Because only the tube that carries sperm is cut, normal sexual function and hormone levels are not diminished by a vasectomy. In fact, a large number of patients find that their ability to enjoy intercourse may improve, as they no longer fear an unplanned pregnancy.
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks of complications. These include bleeding during or after the surgery, pain, infection, or an unsuccessful procedure. These risks are small, but they should be discussed with Dr. Kooser while you are deciding what form of contraception is best for you.
Although a vasectomy should be considered permanent, it can be surgically reversed in many cases if life situations change and fertility is desired.
Make an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Kooser if you have questions about vasectomies or would like to discuss whether it is right for you. Dr. Kooser highly recommends both spouses attend the counseling appointment to ensure that all questions are adequately answered.