March Madness Begins – Time for Brackets, Basketball and Vasectomy or Vasectomy Reversal?

February 28, 2012

Conference tournaments have arrived, Selection Sunday is rapidly approaching and many fans are already penciling in their brackets. March Madness is synonymous with basketball, but it’s also a convenient time of year for a specific men’s health issue – fertility. If you’ve been getting the full court press to have a vasectomy or are thinking about having another child, March Madness is the perfect time to schedule your surgery and spend time recovering on the couch watching all of the games. The Urology Center of Colorado (TUCC), the only comprehensive urology center in the Rocky Mountain region, has appointments available for men throughout the tournament.

“Urologists across the country have observed a substantial increase in the number of men scheduling vasectomies during the NCAA tournament over the past few years,” said Jesse Mills, M.D., urologist and men’s health specialist at TUCC. “It makes sense. Vasectomies are a simple, safe and effective form of permanent birth control. In fact, the procedure is associated with fewer complications than a woman choosing to have her tubes tied. And since a vasectomy involves some recovery time, why not schedule it during one of the biggest sporting events of the year?”

Lasting less than an hour, vasectomies are performed as an outpatient procedure at TUCC. During the surgery, the vas deferens is cut and closed off from each testicle to prevent the release of sperm. The vas deferens is first gathered under one side of the skin of the scrotum to make an incision. A surgeon then pulls through the incision, cuts in two places and a one-centimeter segment is removed. Each end of the vas deferens is surgically tied off or clipped and placed back in the scrotum. The procedure is then repeated on the other side.

With a no-scalpel vasectomy, a puncture incision is made in the vas deferens with special forceps. The advantages of this procedure include a faster operating time, minimal postoperative pain and a decreased risk of bleeding and infection. Both scalpel and non-scalpel vasectomies are performed at TUCC.

Men are encouraged to take a few days to recover following their vasectomies by resting with their feet in an elevated position and avoiding excessive movements. Vasectomies have no effect on a man’s ejaculation or his sex drive. Semen samples are checked at six and 12 weeks following the procedure. Sex is not recommended until follow-up lab tests come back sperm free.

For men whose life situations have changed and would like to have more children, vasectomy reversals are also performed as an outpatient procedure at TUCC. Vasectomy reversals last approximately two hours and are performed to restore the flow of sperm to the vas deferens. A surgeon performing a vasectomy reversal will use an operating microscope and ultra-fine sutures to reattach the inner and outer layers of the vas deferens.

A vasectomy reversal is a more complicated procedure than a vasectomy and, as such, a two-week recovery period is recommended. Success rates of vasectomy reversals are high. The most important factors contributing to the success of the surgery are the experience of the surgeon, the amount of time since the vasectomy and the quality of sperm fluid at the time of retrieval. TUCC performs more successful vasectomy reversals than any other urology practice in the Rocky Mountain region.

“There’s never been a better time to perform a vasectomy reversal, given the continuous improvements in surgical technology and surgeon skill,” said Dr. Mills. “Patients should remain on bed rest for the first 24-hours after a vasectomy reversal. That postoperative recommendation is another excellent consideration for scheduling a reversal during the NCAA tournament.”

For more information on vasectomies and vasectomy reversals at TUCC or to schedule your surgery during the 2012 tournament today, please visit www.tucc.com or call 303.825.TUCC (8822).