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- Safe, affordable, and permanent family planning
- Most effective form of birth control (except for abstinence)
- Show your partner you care by taking away her need to use invasive and expensive birth control
- Takes less than 20 minutes - then a weekend on the couch to recover
What to Expect
When you call to set up an appointment we will schedule a brief consultation with one of our expert vasectomy doctors. After the consultation, our billing department will help you determine what (if any) out-of-pocket costs for the vasectomy procedure. Then we will schedule your procedure in the outpatient surgery center.
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WHAT IS A VASECTOMY?
A vasectomy is a simple, safe, easy, and inexpensive method of birth control when compared with other birth control methods such as condoms, oral contraceptives, implants, and devices or female sterilization called “tubal ligation”.
Each year, more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy as permanent birth control. During a vasectomy, each vas deferens (the two tubes that move sperm) are sealed off. This blocks sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. After a vasectomy, the testicles still make sperm but they are absorbed by the body.
A vasectomy prevents pregnancy better than any other method of birth control, except abstinence. There is only a .05% failure rate after the first year making the vasectomy the most effective birth control option short of abstinence.
DOES INSURANCE COVER A VASECTOMY?
Adult Pediatric Urology accepts most insurance carriers and most policies cover the costs of a vasectomy without a referral. It is important to check with your policy prior to the procedure to determine coverage and out-of-pocket vasectomy costs. Our billing department is ready and willing to help you clarify your plan so you know how much a vasectomy costs in Omaha from Adult & Pediatric Urology. We are also proud to offer care credit and personal loans for patients who self-pay.
THE VASECTOMY PROCEDURE
After an initial consult appointment, your vasectomy will be scheduled in our outpatient surgery center in Omaha, NE. A vasectomy is a minor surgery that should take about 20 minutes. Before the vasectomy, your scrotum will be shaved and cleaned. Usually, local anesthesia is used so you will be awake but should not feel any pain. Some patients may also be given medicine to reduce anxiety. With a standard vasectomy, the urologist makes one or two small cuts in the scrotum. One vas deferens tube is cut and tied or sealed with heat. The tube is replaced inside the scrotum. The procedure is then repeated on the other side. Lastly, the skin is closed with stitches that dissolve and do not have to be removed.
Another popular option we offer our patients is a no-scalpel vasectomy. In this procedure, a small clamp with pointed ends is used to puncture the skin. Then each vas deferens is lifted out, cut, sealed, and then put back in place. A no-scalpel vasectomy works just as well as a standard vasectomy. Some benefits of a no-scalpel vasectomy in Omaha are less bleeding, swelling, and pain. There is also a smaller hole in the skin.
HOW LONG WILL I BE RELAXING ON THE COUCH?
Your scrotum will be numb for one to two hours after a vasectomy. Put cold packs on the area. Lie on your back as much as you can for the rest of the day. Mild discomfort or pain is normal after a vasectomy and should be treated with pain relievers. Wearing snug underwear or a jockstrap will help ease discomfort and support the area.
You may have some swelling and minor pain in your scrotum for a few days after the surgery. You may be able to go back to work in one or two days. It depends on how you feel. But you should avoid heavy lifting for a week. You can have sex again as soon as you are comfortable, usually within a week. But keep in mind that the vasectomy is not effective from day one. Sperm may still be in the semen for many months after a vasectomy. It takes about 20 ejaculations or three months to clear the sperm from the tubes. However, results vary for different men. Your vasectomy doctor will collect a specimen to test for sperm after the procedure. This is done to make sure your semen is clear of sperm. Until the sperm count is zero, sex without another method of birth control may lead to pregnancy.
Up to 20 in 100 men may have ongoing pain or discomfort after a vasectomy. Most often, it is due to congestion of sperm in the system behind the blockage. This usually resolves with time. The pain is most often treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen. One to 6 men in 100 may need more treatment to ease their pain.
After recovering from a vasectomy, a man and his partner should notice no difference during sex. An uncomplicated vasectomy does not cause erection problems. Ejaculation and orgasm should feel the same. The amount of semen does not decrease by more than five percent. The only change your partner may be able to feel is a lump at the vasectomy site if one has formed.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF A VASECTOMY?
Vasectomy Side Effects
A vasectomy is a popular form of birth control for men, but like any medical procedure, it comes with potential side effects. Here's what you need to know:
Possible Side Effects:
- Pain, swelling, bruising, or infection at the site of the procedure
- A temporary decrease in sex drive or performance anxiety
- Rare cases of chronic pain or discomfort
- Bleeding or a blood clot (hematoma) inside the scrotum
- Blood in your semen
Long-Term Side Effects
- May lead to chronic pain in 1% to 2% of cases.
- A dull ache that worsens with ejaculation may result from fluid buildup in the testicle.
- Leakage of sperm may cause inflammation and result in a condition known as granuloma.
- In the rare event that vasectomy fails, pregnancy may still occur.
- A cyst known as spermatocele may develop in the epididymis, a coiled tube responsible for collecting and transporting sperm.
- Swelling in the scrotum caused by a fluid-filled sac known as a hydrocele can surround a testicle.
*Note there is no evidence of increased risk for prostate cancer after undergoing a vasectomy procedure.
While the side effects of a vasectomy are generally mild and temporary, it's important to consider them before undergoing the procedure. Be sure to discuss any concerns with an Omaha vasectomy specialist at Adult & Pediatric Urology to ensure that a vasectomy is the right choice for you.
Types of Vasectomy Procedures:
- Traditional vasectomy: involves cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm
- No-scalpel vasectomy: uses a special instrument to make a small puncture instead of a cut
ARE VASECTOMIES REVERSIBLE?
Although there is a vasectomy reversal procedure it can be costly and not always 100% successful so we strongly recommend men consider vasectomies to be permanent. Ask yourself whether you would want more children if you separated from your partner, if your partner died, or if one of your children died. A man can bank (i.e. freeze) his sperm before his vasectomy is performed but it is expensive and most men do not do so.
Vasectomy Reversal Success Rate
The success of the vasectomy reversal procedure depends on the time elapsed since the initial vasectomy. Patients who had vasectomy less than 5 years ago have a 75% success rate. However, this rate decreases to around 40-50% after 8 years, and 30% or less after 10 or more years. Before deciding whether vasectomy reversal is suitable for one's situation, it is important to discuss fertility goals and evaluate the health and fertility of the partner.
Getting Pregnant After Vasectomy Reversal
It is possible to achieve pregnancy after a vasectomy reversal. With micro-surgical repair, about 90% of men regain their sperm count within three to six months. On average, 73% of couples achieve pregnancy within a year of the procedure.
Contact us today to learn more about vasectomy reversal in Omaha at Adult & Pediatric Urology.