Male Urology - Vasectomy
Why should I choose Minnesota Urology for my vasectomy?
Most men are more comfortable coming to our specialists rather than their primary care doctor for a vasectomy, and here’s why:
- Our urologists are highly trained in this procedure.
- Our urologists perform both the standard technique vasectomy as well as the “no-scalpel” vasectomy.
- We have more than 25 urologists who perform vasectomies at 30 locations across the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
- In the past decade, our urologists have performed more than 10,000 vasectomies.
The vasectomy procedure has improved greatly and has become less invasive with faster recovery times and minimal bleeding. The complication rate is very low. Our patients appreciate that one of our physicians will be available to handle any post-procedure medical complication, should one arise.
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About Getting a Vasectomy
Whether it is a conventional vasectomy or a no-scalpel vasectomy, the basic principle is the same: to obstruct the flow of sperm from the testicle through the vas deferens for the purpose of elective sterilization.
What is no-scalpel vasectomy?
A no-scalpel vasectomy does not involve a scalpel, though a small opening is still necessary. Special instruments mean less manipulation of delicate tissues. Unlike a conventional vasectomy, there is no cut made with a scalpel. In a no-scalpel procedure, the urologist:
- Locates the vas deferens under the skin of the scrotum by hand
- Numbs the skin and vas deferens with local anesthetic
- Gently lifts out the vas deferens through a tiny puncture in the skin and separates the layers of tissue with a small forceps
- Cuts, ties, clips and/or cauterizes the vas deferens
- Replaces the vas deferens
Because the skin puncture is much smaller than a conventional incision, it will close quite quickly. Suturing is optional.
Vasectomy is a long-term, low cost, choice for contraception and should be considered permanent. It removes the risk and uncertainty of unintended pregnancy, just as tubal ligation does for women, but without the additional cost and discomfort associated with a more-invasive procedure.
One initial visit is needed as a consultation, and then the procedure will be scheduled.
When you come in for your initial visit, we will gather some basic medical information and perform a brief exam. You are welcome to have your spouse/partner accompany you for this consultation to make sure that their questions are answered, as well. Your vasectomy is performed during your second visit. Although typically performed in the office using local anesthesia, the procedure can use a sedative or anesthetic.
Most people take the rest of that day off from work, and some take an additional day to rest and recover. Placing a cold pack on the area helps speed recovery.
The out-of-pocket cost for a standard technique vasectomy or a “no-scalpel vasectomy” at Minnesota Urology varies depending on your insurance coverage and the level of your deductibles, but most men are surprised at how affordable this procedure is. After your initial appointment we will be able to give you an estimated cost based on your insurance. In rare cases, when your vasectomy is deemed a complex case, we may determine the procedure needs to be done in a surgery center or hospital. If that’s the case, there may be additional third-party charges for the hospital, anesthesia, or pathology.
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Our urologists practice at a variety of locations throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Find the right physician and location today for your needs and make an appointment today!