Dr. Jared Wallen provides uses simple, effective vasectomy techniques for in-office procedures that are safe and effective, resulting in minimal discomfort for his patients. Dr. Wallen is able to provide a higher level of care than what is often experienced by those who undergo the procedure elsewhere. When you come in for your procedure, patients are able to receive a mild sedative, which makes the procedures relatively pain free. Dr. Wallen uses a minimally-invasive technique combined with a sedative during the vasectomy process, men are able to recover as quickly as possible.
What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a form of birth control during which the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm, are cut. When the tube is cut, there is no way for sperm to be released from the penis. This procedure is considered a permanent form of birth control, but it is possible to have a reversal surgery should the patient change their mind in the future.
What are the Benefits of a Vasectomy?
It is recommended that men only get a vasectomy when they are certain that they no longer wish to have children. It is the preferred choice for many couples because:
- The use of male birth control (condoms) or female birth control (pills, IUDs, etc.) is no longer needed.
- The procedure is almost 100 percent certain to prevent pregnancy.
- It is much less expensive than female sterilization.
What Types of Vasectomy does Dr. Wallen Perform?
In most cases, a vasectomy will be performed right in his xoffice and is considered an outpatient procedure. This means that men can go home the same day. Full-anesthesia is not required, only a local anesthetic is necessary. During the procedure, the area will be numbed with an injection of the local anesthetic into the skin of the scrotum. A small incision or puncture will be made in the upper part of the scrotum so the vas deferens can be located and severed. The ends will then be sealed with heat, by using surgical clips or by tying them off, and the incision will be closed. Most procedures take only about 20 minutes to complete. There are two ways to complete this procedure.
Dr. Wallen will use a scalpel to create two small incisions on either side of the scrotum. He will remove a small section of the vas deferens. The tubes are tied, or cauterized so that they are closed and can no longer transport sperm.
A no-scalpel vasectomy does not use incisions, rather, the surgeon is able to access the vas deferens through very small holes. No stitches are needed for this form of surgery.
What is the Recovery After the Procedure?
Immediately following a vasectomy, there will be bruising and swelling, but those symptoms should subside after a few days. Apply ice packs every few hours to help control these symptoms. Wear tight-fitting or compression underwear so that the scrotum is provided extra support.
Get plenty of bed rest during the first week. Limit strenuous activity or heavy exercise for a week or so. Also, Avoid bathing for about 24 hours because this will allow the incisions to heal faster and prevent infection. Take the antibiotics that Dr. Wallen provides.
Most patients are able to return to their normal lives after one week.
Can You Have Sex After a Vasectomy?
Wait at least one week before having sexual intercourse. Keep in mind, you may not be sterile right away. Ejaculate may still contain sperm and may continue to for several months after the procedure. After a few months, Dr. Wallen will check sperm levels to confirm that it is declining until it reaches zero.
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive and orgasms. Occasionally, our patients feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away.
Schedule Your Vasectomy
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallen at his office in Sarasota, FL, please give us a call at 813-278-8850.