San Fernando Valley: Leading Vasectomy Specialist
By: Dr. Gary Bellman on February 24, 2017, 7:10 pm
Over a half-million American men undergo a vasectomy each year-- a safe, simple, and highly effective means of contraception. About 50 million men in the US have undergone this procedure; roughly 5% of all married couples of reproductive age.
Although a vasectomy is one of the most popular forms of contraception worldwide, it remains a subject of imagined fears for many men. The best medicine for apprehension can be in simply knowing the facts and receiving real insight from an experienced surgeon.
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure often performed in the office as a no-needle, no-scalpel procedure. No Scalpel Vasectomy is as effective as the traditional vasectomy. This procedure is even less invasive than the minimally invasive scalpel vasectomy. This results in less discomfort, shorter recovery time, and an even lower rate of complications. Rather than using a needle to deliver local anesthesia, the no needle, no-scalpel vasectomy uses a jet injector to numb the area. This eliminates any fear of needles and removes the pain of a needle injection. For some men, a better fit and/or personal preference is the option to receive sedation at the surgery center.
It can be a measure of comfort to the man that the vasectomy is far easier for him than other surgical options would be for his wife or partner. By contrast, sterilization for a woman (tubal ligation) is more invasive, usually performed under general anesthesia, can result in greater discomfort, and has potentially higher risks than a vasectomy procedure. In addition, vasectomy is also the less expensive option.
This procedure is intended to be permanent. Though vasectomy reversal procedures are available, they are technically complex, expensive, and have variable success rates. If there is any doubt and you choose to go through with the procedure, banking your sperm is a good option to do before the actual surgery.
If you and your partner are considering a vasectomy, clear answers and quality information can help ease concerns. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bellman, a Board-Certified Urologist (who is a specialist in this field) and get answers as you make an informed decision.
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