Urologist Dr. Cletus Georges shares professional insight into modern vasectomy procedures and what to expect.
A surgery which involves cutting or obstructing the part of the male reproductive system made up of two tubes known as the vas deferens, modern vasectomy procedures are considered a safe and permanent way of preventing unwanted pregnancies. Over 99 percent effective, Florida-based urology specialist Dr. Cletus Georges offers a closer look at what the surgical procedure entails.
“A medical sterilization procedure for those who wish to permanently ensure against possible future pregnancies, vasectomy surgeries involve either blocking or cutting a male patient’s vas deferens,” explains Dr. Georges, “a pair of ducts or partially coiled tubes which transport sperm from the epididymis in anticipation of ejaculation.”
Modern vasectomy procedures are, he says, relatively minor forms of surgery. “The primary aim,” explains Dr. Georges, “is to ensure that sperm can no longer make its way into a man’s semen.”
According to Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, modern vasectomy procedures are over 99 percent effective. They are, however, Dr. Georges is keen to stress, to be considered permanent, and reversal of the procedure should not be seen as an option should a patient later change their mind. “The surgical procedure itself normally takes just half an hour or so,” he explains, “where, after administering a local anesthetic, a urology specialist will typically remove a small section of a patient’s vas deferens before sealing each of the two ducts with small clamps.”
The incisions required to complete the procedure are so small, Dr. Georges goes on to reveal, that sutures are not usually called for. After the surgery, however, a patient should have someone available to transport them home safely, according to the expert. “Side effects of the procedure can include pain, swelling, and bruising in the immediate area of surgery,” he explains, “although any pain and swelling should quickly subside.”
Any bruising should also have subsided within two weeks, according to Dr. Georges. “It’s important to take things easy for a few days,” he adds, “and patients should not overexert themselves until they are fully healed.”
Blood-thinning painkillers must be avoided in the week prior to surgery, according to Dr. Cletus Georges. “These include aspirin and ketoprofen,” he explains. “Following surgery, however, ibuprofen and naproxen can be taken if necessary,” adds the expert, “although aspirin, again, should be avoided for a further seven days.”
Thanks to the safety and efficacy of modern male sterilization procedures, vasectomy surgeries continue to grow in popularity among patients across the United States.
“A permanent alternative to condoms and other predominantly female-focused birth control methods, including birth control shots, patches, and implants, male sterilization surgeries continue to be among the safest and most effective forms of birth control currently available,” adds urology specialist Dr. Georges, wrapping up.