Yes! We perform this too and can go over this treatment with you at the time of consultation.
Dr. Kenneth Essig is a Board Certified Urologist with over 10 years of experience performing these procedures. He has performed thousands of vasectomies in the comfort of an office setting. As you will see, this ten minute procedure can and will be accomplished virtually pain free with the No-Scalpel Vasectomy. Following the procedure, the most common comment is “that is all there was to it?”
Dr. Essig is highly regarded as one of the best Urologist in Winter Haven and is proud to serve the residents of Orlando including those in Clermont, Davenport and Winter Park. If you are interested in trustworthy expertise, look no further than Dr. Kenneth Essig.
Vasectomy in the US
According to the American Urological Association, nearly 6 percent of men in the US have had a vasectomy, making it the fourth most common form of birth control. It is behind condoms, oral contraceptives for women and tubal sterilization as the most commonly-used contraceptive method.
Compared to tubal ligation, which is the other common method of permanent contraception,vasectomy is equally effective in preventing pregnancy, but vasectomy is simpler, faster, safer and less expensive.
What is Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure designed to interrupt the sperm transportation system between the testicle and the urethra by blocking the vasa deferentia.
Sperm is made in the two testicles located in the scrotum. Semen is formed when sperm from the testicles combines with special secretions from the prostate and the two seminal vesicles. The purpose of the procedure is to prevent the sperm from joining the semen before the semen is ejaculated.
A section of each vas deferens is then cut. The edges are them clumped together, tied, clipped or any combination of the above. During the procedure, you may feel some tugging in the scrotum. This may be slightly uncomfortable but not painful. Some discharge may be expected until the wound heals completely.
This operation is a form of contraception. It does NOT prevent sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS or Herpes. This operation is done on an outpatient basis. You will be able to go home on the same day of the operation. The operation can be done under local anesthesia with sedation if required. After the skin is cleaned, one or two punctures or small incisions are made in the scrotum.
After a short period of observation in the doctor’s office or hospital, you will be able to go home.
Is Vasectomy right for you?
There are numerous birth control options available today, everything from the oral birth control pill and intrauterine device (IUD) for women to the male sterilization procedure known as a vasectomy. The vasectomy procedure is a permanent and safe method of birth control. The procedure has a number of benefits but, because should be considered permanent, it may not be the right choice for you. Any man considering a vasectomy should engage in a serious and frank discussion with his physician and his partner (if he has one), to determine if a vasectomy is the right option.
A Permanent Decision
Becoming a father is a serious undertaking that involves a lifelong commitment. Some men may be sure of their desire not to have any children. Others may feel as if their family is large enough. Regardless of your position on these issues, the decision to have a vasectomy should be thought of well. This procedure is considered a permanent birth control.
Although surgical techniques now exist that make it possible to reverse a vasectomy, it is a difficult and expensive microsurgery. The vasectomy reversal success rate for pregnancy varies between 40 and 75 percent. In addition, many insurance plans will not cover a vasectomy reversal. As a result the patient can have out of pocket expenses that may range from $5,000 to $25,000.
Instead of reversing the vasectomy, sperm can be aspirated (i.e., sucked out) from the testicles or epididymal ducts. This sperm can only be used for in vitro fertilization, which is even more costly than the vasectomy reversal. Thus, if the decision is made to have this procedure, an assumption should be made that it is a final choice.
Myths and Misconceptions about Vasectomy
Myth #1: I will shoot blanks.
Truth: Vasectomy does not affect semen volume. The common misconception that after vasectomy men “shoot blanks” is untrue. Ninety-eight percent of semen volume is from the prostate and seminal vesicles, thus, after vasectomy, there is no noticeable change in the amount, appearance, smell or taste of semen. The only way to know if a man has had a vasectomy is by looking at the semen under a microscope to confirm the absence of sperm.
Myth #2: I can stop using condoms right away.
Truth: Men are not sterile immediately after vasectomy. It takes about 15 ejaculations or six weeks to wash out the sperm stored beyond the vasectomy site. A semen analysis showing no live sperm must be done before stopping contraception.
Myth #3: Vasectomy could make me impotent.
Truth: Vasectomy has no effect on sexual function. It does not go anywhere near the penis or its nerves. In fact, most couples find the vasectomy improves their sex lives because it eliminates the fear of unwanted pregnancy.
Considering the Needs of Your Partner
Men committed in relationships should consider talking with their partners to determine if a vasectomy is the right choice for birth control. While the ultimate decision is up to you, it is important to discuss all birth control options with your partner to determine whether or not a couple’s family is complete or if children (or more children) will be wanted in the future. It is important to note that a vasectomy will not solve problems in a marriage, nor will it alleviate sexual difficulties. Talking to your partner may help you identify why you are having the procedure and help you determine if it the decision is the right one.
The decision to have a vasectomy is a personal choice that should be made for the right reasons. Those considering a vasectomy should not feel pressured by their partner to have the procedure. Further, men considering this birth control method should not make the decision for emotional or financial reasons. Men that choose a vasectomy must be confident in their decisions regarding family life and children.
Men considering a vasectomy may also make the decision to have the procedure because of worry or concern about passing on certain genetic conditions. Although many genetic conditions require genes to be passed on to the child from both parents, there are some genetic conditions that can be inherited from the genes of one parent. Men that have the genes for conditions such as Huntington disease, achondroplasia (dwarfism) or Marfan syndrome may choose to have a vasectomy to prevent passing on these genes to their children. In these cases, patients may wish to consult with a genetic counselor to assess the risk and to determine if a vasectomy is the best birth control choice.
Who Is the Best Candidate?
While there are no set guidelines for the ideal vasectomy candidate, several characteristics should be taken into consideration when making this decision. The best candidates for vasectomy may include:
- Men that are emotionally mature enough to make a permanent decision.
- Men that are secure enough with their current number of children, or secure in their desire to not have children.
- Men who do not feel as if they must have the procedure because of emotional or financial basis reasons.
- Men who may be concerned about passing on a genetic trait or hereditary disability.
Vasectomy is a safe, simple and effective birth control method
Vasectomy is a brief, surgical procedure used for male sterilization. It is a popular means of birth control for couples who have decided that their family is complete.
Vasectomy requires less time off work, requires local rather than general anesthesia and is usually performed in a doctor’s office or clinic. The potential surgical complications of vasectomy are less serious than those of tubal ligation.
Many men choose a vasectomy as a permanent form of contraception. Vasectomy is a safe method of contraception. It is a brief, surgical sterilization procedure for men that is permanent and nearly 100 percent effective. Typically done using local anesthetic, vasectomies can be performed without an injection (no-needle vasectomy) and without the use of a scalpel (no-scalpel vasectomy).