How long does a Vasectomy procedure take? Is it very painful?

Answers from doctors (9)


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Jun 12, 2020

Usually 15-20 mins. It can be painful. If done in an office setting, the vasectomy site infiltrated with lidocaine is uncomfortable but the anesthetic effect is immediate. There are no needle injectors that are less painful. Then some urologists offer conscious sedation where there is no pain. Most patients will tell you they felt the medicine "going in" and overall they are pleased with the experience. But not all!

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

Usually 15-20 mins. It can be painful. If done in an office setting, the vasectomy site infiltrated with lidocaine is uncomfortable but the anesthetic effect is immediate. There are no needle injectors that are less painful. Then some urologists offer conscious sedation where there is no pain. Most patients will tell you they felt the medicine "going in" and overall they are pleased with the experience. But not all!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Natvarlal P. Patel, MD

Published on May 12, 2020

About 15 minutes or so, and it is not painful. It is the anxiety prior to the procedure that may make it feel like it would be painful.

Answered by Natvarlal P. Patel, MD (View Profile)

About 15 minutes or so, and it is not painful. It is the anxiety prior to the procedure that may make it feel like it would be painful.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 12, 2015

It takes 30 minutes in my hands, we use local anaesthesia and patient is quite comfortable. He walks into the procedure room and walk out without any assistance .

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Answered by Anand M. Dhanda, MD, FACS

It takes 30 minutes in my hands, we use local anaesthesia and patient is quite comfortable. He walks into the procedure room and walk out without any assistance .

Published on Jul 11, 2012


In a relaxed well prepared patient it usually takes about 5 minutes to perform each side of the procedure. While there may be some initlal stinging of the local anesthesia, the remainder of the procedure is relatively pain free

Answered by Mark J. Saslawsky, MD - Memphis Office (View Profile)

In a relaxed well prepared patient it usually takes about 5 minutes to perform each side of the procedure. While there may be some initlal stinging of the local anesthesia, the remainder of the procedure is relatively pain free

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 08, 2015

In hands of experienced vasectomists the No-Scalpel Vasectomy takes under 10 minutes and there is minimal pain.

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Answered by Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

In hands of experienced vasectomists the No-Scalpel Vasectomy takes under 10 minutes and there is minimal pain.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Michael J. Karasis, MD

Published on Jul 08, 2015

About 20 minutes. Very few patients need pain meds post op

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Answered by Michael J. Karasis, MD

About 20 minutes. Very few patients need pain meds post op

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Jul 08, 2015

On average 10 to 15 minutes.
It is not painful with the patient on a little oral Valium and local injection of lidocaine.

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

On average 10 to 15 minutes.
It is not painful with the patient on a little oral Valium and local injection of lidocaine.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Herbert W. Riemenschneider, MD

Published on Jul 08, 2015

The vasectomy takes approximately 20 minutes. Using a local anesthetic, most men say that they feel very little during the procedure.

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Answered by Herbert W. Riemenschneider, MD

The vasectomy takes approximately 20 minutes. Using a local anesthetic, most men say that they feel very little during the procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Jul 08, 2015

The time of the vasectomy depends on the complexity of the anatomy and the experience of your doctor. In most cases the anatomy is straightforward, so that is usually not an issue. The times usually range from under 10 minutes to about 20 minutes.
A vasectomy should not be expected to be painful. Proper anesthesia is essential and can now be delivered without a needle.

Answered by Theodore V. Benderev, MD (View Profile)

The time of the vasectomy depends on the complexity of the anatomy and the experience of your doctor. In most cases the anatomy is straightforward, so that is usually not an issue. The times usually range from under 10 minutes to about 20 minutes.
A vasectomy should not be expected to be painful. Proper anesthesia is essential and can now be delivered without a needle.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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