Vasectomy FAQ

How does a vasectomy work?
A vasectomy blocks the tubes (vas deferens) that carry the sperm from the testicle to the seminal fluid. The sperm that are left in the testicle are recycled naturally. For a diagram see Procedure Details.

What is No-Needle anesthesia?
“No-Needle” anesthesia is a new method for applying local anesthetic with a SPRAY instead of a needle. The end result is rapid, comfortable, and effective numbing without a needle. A nice improvement. Dr. Matson was an early adopter of this device and has been using it since 2006.

What is No-Scalpel vasectomy?
“No-Scalpel” vasectomy is a surgical method by which specialized instruments are used in trained hands to produce a small single mid-line opening (not the same as an incision as no scalpel is used) to access each vas deferens. This minimaly invasive technique is a major improvement over “conventional” vasectomy as it produces less tissue disruption. Less tissue disruption means less potential for bleeding and swelling, as well as a faster and more pain free recovery.

Who should have a vasectomy?
Any man who is convinced he does not want any more more children.

Are there any changes to my sexuality after vasectomy?
No. Libido (desire for sex), hormone levels and erection are unchanged. The amount of fluid with ejaculation is reduced by about 1% and will contain no sperm, but is not noticeably different.

Does it hurt?
The No-Needle technique used by Dr. Matson produces rapid and comfortable anesthesia without using needles. Most men are surprised how easy the procedure is. (See “Testimonials“)

What should I do in preparation for a vasectomy?

  1. Prepare for your appointment by arranging your schedule to accommodate two of days of rest followed by 5-7 days of light activity after your vasectomy.
  2. Be sure to have read, understood and signed the “Consent Form
  3. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve) for 7 days prior to the appointment.  If minor pain medicine is needed please use acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  4. Shave the front of the testicle area (scrotum) below the penis the at least two days prior to your appointment (antiseptic may sting when applied to freshly shaven skin).
  5. Wear a clean jock strap or sport compression shorts to the appointment.
  6. Bring your payment or insurance card and co-payment.
  7. Request a referral from your doctor if insurance requires you to.
  8. Arrange a ride home.

How long is the recovery?
Following the vasectomy you should be prepared to rest for 2-3 days with your feet up. You should then prepare for light activities for another 5-7 days.

Can vasectomy be reversed?
Not always. Vasectomy reversal is expensive and not always successful, therefore do not have a vasectomy if you are not sure about not wanting more children.

What are some drawbacks of vasectomy to keep in mind?
Vasectomy is a surgical procedure with low risks. It does not protect you from sexually retransmitted diseases.

Does it work right away?
NO! You must continue birth control for 8-16 weeks until a semen analysis shows no sperm.