When men have completed their families, they often seek getting a vasectomy to attain sterility. Vasectomies are one of the most performed procedures in urology and medicine. Men are often wary about the pain that may be associated with the procedure.
In general, a vasectomy procedure is a minimally painful, quick procedure that is very well tolerated. It is very commonly done in the office or clinic under local anesthesia performed to the skin. It takes about 10-15 minutes to perform.
A tiny little puncture the size of a pinpoint is made on the middle of the scrotum. The patient will not be able to even notice that incision at the end of the procedure as it is so small. The pain at the time of the procedure is minimal. The patient may have a feeling of pulling on the scrotum and testicles during surgery.
The number one way to mitigate pain from occurring is to take it easy for a couple of days, wear a jock strap, and to take acetaminophen such as Tylenol and non-steroidals such as Advil over a period of 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. For the overwhelming majority of our patients, narcotics are not required, nor are they prescribed.
A vasectomy is an easy procedure that is minimally painful and has excellent outcomes for patients seeking sterility. With quick recovery, there is a recommend two days of rest after the procedure with a swift return to regular activities and work.
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