At Georgia Urology, we understand the sensitive nature and challenging personal decisions which sexuality and fertility issues present for individuals and couples. Our skilled urologists are experts in male sexual and reproductive health. We understand that some men may be apprehensive because of the delicate area of the body involved. Our experienced urologists and highly trained staff use great care and precision when performing vasectomy procedures.
If you are a man who no longer wishes to have children and are considering a vasectomy, here is some important information for you to know.
A vasectomy is more than 99 percent effective and is intended to be permanent; however, it can be reversed in certain cases. The procedure usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Most men experience very little pain or discomfort and are able to return to nearly all activities typically within a week.
Additionally, a vasectomy does not affect male hormone or testosterone levels so your sex drive and ability to have an erection will remain the same.
Generally, a vasectomy is performed in our office or the GU ambulatory surgery center under local anesthesia. Georgia Urology (GU) performed more than 1,700 last year.
In addition to the traditional vasectomy procedure, our urologists also are skilled in the No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) technique, which is performed with a special instrument, and done without an incision or sutures. NSV procedures are faster and have shorter recovery times than traditional vasectomy.
(Note: No-Scalpel Vasectomy is not offered at all GU locations.)
Following the procedure, your urologist will give you specific instruction about returning to work and sexual activity. Most men recover completely in less than a week and many are able to return to their job as early as 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Sexual activity can usually be resumed within a week.
You must take a number of semen samples and it may take several months to ensure that the procedure has been completely effective.
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