Vasectomy

A vasectomy is quicker thank you think!

A vasectomy appointment generally takes less than an hour and is performed in TUCC’s Denver, Colorado vasectomy patient suite. The procedure cuts and closes off the tubes (vas deferens) that deliver sperm from the testes and serves as a permanent form of birth control. The testes produce sperm which mature in the epididymis, a small coiled tube connected to each testicle. The epididymes are connected to the prostate gland by the vas deferens. The semen produced during ejaculation is created from the seminal fluid in the prostate gland mixing with sperm from the testes.

Six TUCC surgeons specialize in performing minimally invasive vasectomies. We perform more than 1,000 outpatient vasectomies at our center each year.

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How is a Vasectomy Performed?

Vasectomies can be performed three different ways. Traditionally, men remain clothed from the waist up and lie on their back as the scrotum is numbed with one or more injections of local anesthetic. Then, the vas deferens is gathered under one side of the skin of the scrotum as a urologist makes a small incision to pull the tubes through the incision, cut them in two places and remove a 1 centimeter segment. Each end of the vas deferens is then surgically tied off or clipped and placed back in the scrotum before the incision is sutured and the procedure is repeated on the other side of the scrotum.

In a no-scalpel vasectomy, a puncture incision is made in the vas deferens with special forceps instead of an incision. These forceps stretch the skin to make a small hole through which the vas deferens is removed, cut, sutured or cauterized and then put back into place. The advantages of this procedure include quicker operating time, minimal postoperative pain and decreased risk of bleeding and infection.

Prior to a vasectomy, patients may be asked to make the following preparations:

  • Wash the scrotum to prevent infection.
  • Bring a pair of tight fitting underwear or athletic support to the surgery to support the scrotum and minimize swelling.
  • Arrange for transportation home to prevent extraneous movement.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs following the procedure which thin the blood and can cause excessive bleeding.
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After Your Vasectomy

Following a vasectomy, patients will have limited mobility and be advised to rest for 2 days to reduce swelling and allow the vas deferens to heal. Patients may experience discomfort for a week after the procedure and may be prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs or painkillers for pain. Patients will want to avoid lifting, exercise, hot tubs and saunas. It is the perfect time for a stay-cation (resting on the couch and catching up on sports and movies).

Semen samples are checked at 12 weeks. If no sperm are observed in the sample, unprotected intercourse is okay. Until then, contraception should be used. Vasectomies are almost 100 percent effective. The procedure is also associated with fewer complications than female tubal ligation (tubes tied).

Complications from a vasectomy procedure are rare but may include discomfort that persists longer than expected, pain, bleeding or inflammation. In rare cases, sperm may be present in semen for a year following surgery, indicating that the ends of the vas deferens have reattached or that sperm had difficulty migrating out of the vas deferens following surgery. Patients who experience this may be advised to have a repeat vasectomy. Sperm granuloma is also a potential complication of vasectomy procedures. This condition occurs when residual sperm move out of the tied ends of the vas deferens, causing irritation and the growth of a small nodule.

 

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DJ Bedz on Getting a Vasectomy at TUCC

DJ Bedz from the Flo 107 recently had a vasectomy with Dr. Richard Heppe at TUCC.  He goes live on the radio with Dr Heppe and asks the question  – What happens to your sex drive after a vasectomy?  DJ Bedz tells his listeners that he specifically chose The Urology Center of Colorado for this procedure because they are considered the experts in Men’s Health in Colorado, performing over 1900 vasectomies each year.

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