Vasectomy in Knoxville, Tennessee (TN)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- No-needle vasectomy: The same techniques used in a traditional
vasectomy to occlude the vas deferens are used here, but there is an exception.
Instead of using a needle to inject anesthesia, a jet-injection tool is utilized.
Known as a hypospray injector, the numbing instrument uses a small explosion of
compressed air to force medication deep enough into the scrotal tissue to
permit a nearly pain-free surgery.
- No-scalpel vasectomy: Rather than a scalpel, the surgeon uses a
special clamp that has extremely sharp tips to pierce the skin of the scrotum.
The vas is then pulled and separated from the scrotal sac without having to cut
the blood vessels or nerves adjacent to the scrotum. Once isolated, the vas is
sealed off by way of sutures or electrical cautery.
these procedures, other techniques may be used, such as fascial interposition,
in which tissue is placed between the cut ends of the vas deferens as a means
of providing a barrier. The tissue is stitched into place and helps prevent
procedure failure. It is often combined with intraluminal cautery, where one or
both sides of the vas are electrically burned closed.
vasectomy should be considered permanent and the male undergoing the procedure
should be sure that he is done having children or does not want children in the
future. The procedure can be undone by way of a vasectomy reversal, but it is
more complicated and success is not guaranteed.
About Edward D. Kim, MD, FACS
Tennessee Medical Association
Knoxville Academy of Medicine
American College of Surgeons
Society for Male Reproduction & Urology
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Urological Association
American Society of Andrology
University of Tennessee Medical Center - Knoxville, TN
Professor, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Featured Specialist for Vasectomy in Knoxville, TN
Edward D. Kim, MD, FACS
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