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Vasectomy | West Monroe, LA

A vasectomy is a medical procedure in which two tubes (the vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles to the urinary tract are tied and sealed. This prevents sperm from passing into the seminal stream and fertilizing a woman’s egg. Although it is permanent, it is surgically reversible in most cases. Reversibility is dependent upon time elapsed since the vasectomy.

When it comes to forms of permanent male birth control, a vasectomy is the ideal permanent surgical procedure available to men. The procedure carries a very low risk of complications and is available to be performed as an outpatient procedure with localized anesthesia. Dr. Marx performs a no-cut technique, which is the least invasive. The patient is sedated and local anesthesia is used in order to achieve a painless procedure.

The vasectomy procedure is nearly 100% effective.

Prior to a vasectomy, patients may be asked to prepare by:

  • Washing the scrotum to prevent infection
  • Not shaving the area
  • Bringing a pair of tight-fitting underwear or athletic support to the surgery to support the scrotum and minimize swelling
  • Arranging for transportation home to prevent extraneous movement
  • Avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs prior to and following the procedure, which thins the blood and can cause excessive bleeding

After the Vasectomy

After the vasectomy is completed, patients are advised to rest for two days in order to reduce swelling and allow the vas deferens to heal. Discomfort may last for up to a week after the procedure, with patients often being prescribed anti-inflammatory or painkillers for pain. Patients are encouraged to avoid heavy lifting, straining or squatting for 1 week. If you do any of these activities for work, you may need to take off work or arrange for light duty. Dr. Marx can give you an excuse. Also, keep the area dry for a week as well.

Following your procedure, should you experience any complications, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Marx.

If you are considering a vasectomy, call today to discuss your options with Dr. Marx.
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