What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a simple surgery for male sterilization. The procedure is done to permanently protect against pregnancy.* During the surgery, the small tubes that carry sperm in the scrotum (vas deferens) are blocked off so that it cannot leave the body and cause pregnancy.* There are two types of vasectomies: the no-scapel (no-cut) method and the incision method.

During a no-scapel vasectomy, the skin of the scrotum is not cut with a scapel. Instead, one tiny hole puncture is made to reach both vas deferens tubes. The vas deferens tubes are then tied off, blocked or cauterized (closed with an electrical current). There’s no scarring with this method and you will not need stitches.* No-scapel procedures see reduced bleeding and a lower risk of bruising, infections and other complications.*

During an incision vasectomy, one or two small cuts are made in the skin of scrotum. The vas deferens tubes are then tied, cauterized or blocked with surgical clips. The entire procedure can take 20 minutes and then the cut will be stitched up. You will be able to go home the same day with either method.*

How safe is the procedure?

The procedure is routine and extremely safe.* Very few people experience complications and the risks are minor and treatable.* To learn more, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Shelby Morrisroe.

How effective is it?

Vasectomies are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Its success rate is close to 100% for preventing pregnancy, though not right away.* It can take a few months for your semen to become sperm-free.* Dr. Morrisroe will do a semen analysis test after your surgery to confirm this. You should not have unprotected sex until the results come back from this test. This procedure is meant to be permanent, and should be performed on men who no longer want to have any children. Vasectomies will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

Schedule a free consultation in Torrance, California

To discuss vasectomies with an experienced urologist in the South Bay area, give our office a call or schedule a free consultation online. Dr. Morrisroe can answer any questions or concerns that you have about the procedure.


*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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