men who are done having children or are sure they do not want children, a vasectomy
is a sterilization procedure that is nearly 100 percent effective. This makes
it an efficient form of birth control.
During a vasectomy, the tubes that transport sperm from the testes and out the urethra are cut and then tied or sealed in such a way that sperm is unable to enter the ejaculate and result in fertilization of the female egg, thus making the man sterile and unable to produce children.
This outpatient procedure is brief (typically less than 30 minutes) and is often performed by a urologist in a medical clinic or office setting. Hospital stay is not necessary since a vasectomy is an uncomplicated technique that only entails small incisions and routine surgical instruments—the patient is only required to stay in the physician’s office for a short recovery period (usually less than an hour) and is then sent home to rest.
With a traditional vasectomy, a needle is used to numb the scrotum with a local anesthetic. Two tiny incisions—one on each side of the scrotum—are then made with a scalpel, as to allow the surgeon to pull each vas deferens tube to the surface so that it can be isolated and separated from the scrotal tissue. Once the tubes are secluded from the scrotum, they are sealed off using sutures or are burned using electrical cautery.
While there are several variations of this method, all end with the vas deferens tubes being occluded or sealed off. The most common and advantageous include: ·
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