Vasectomy & Male Infertility
Any man who is convinced that he does not want another child or any children is a candidate for vasectomy. Our board-certified urologist Dr. Scott Matson specializes in state-of-the-art, no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy and microscopic vasectomy reversal. He has performed over 3,000 surgeries of this type in his career and is committed to making the procedure and recovery as painless and easy as possible for you.
Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that obstructs the tubes normally transporting sperm from the testicle to the point where they join the ejaculatory fluid. This results in normal-looking ejaculatory fluid that does not contain sperm, without affecting sex drive, erection, or orgasm.
No-needle vasectomy (NNV) uses a device that sprays the anesthetic into the skin and vas tube instead of using a needle to inject it. The result is less discomfort, less anxiety, and a fast and painless procedure.
No-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) uses an instrument to form a tiny separation in the skin without the use of a scalpel. The vas is then elevated through the tiny wound and operated on. This method results in less bleeding and swelling, can be done through one opening in the center of the scrotum, and typically does not require stitches to close the wound.
Lasting about 15-20 minutes, vasectomy is virtually painless due to our advanced techniques. Post-operative discomfort is generally mild, and with rest usually resolves in about a week. Vasectomy is very effective but does not work right away. There is a period of time following the procedure when sperm will still be present in the ejaculatory fluid. Once a sample confirms the absence of sperm, usually 12 to 16 weeks following surgery, the effectiveness rate is around 99.9%.
While vasectomy is considered a low-risk procedure, it is important to discuss the risks and potential side effects with Dr. Matson in advance. While many men who undergo a reversal have success, some do not regain their fertility, despite the expense and effort.
The American Urological Association has concluded, through a review of research evidence, that vasectomy is not a risk factor for prostate cancer or for high-grade prostate cancer. If you have questions about any connection between vasectomy and prostate cancer, please consult with our physicians before you decide on a vasectomy.
Male infertility is not rare; in 30% of cases, the male partner alone is the source of the problem conceiving. By simply evaluating your health and reproductive history and performing a physical exam, Dr. Matson can begin to assess your level of fertility. It is common to have at least two semen analyses done in addition to some basic lab tests. Our team has the knowledge and experience necessary to provide you and your partner with the resources you need.
For personable, skilled, and comprehensive care across the full spectrum of male reproductive needs, contact Dr. Scott Matson today.