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When you’ve made the decision that your family is complete, whether you have children or not, a male vasectomy is one of the most common, safest, and effective methods of permanent male birth control. Phoenix urologist Dr. Desi Avila offers the latest advancement in male sterilization surgery – the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy procedure.

Performed in our office as an outpatient vasectomy procedure, this minimally invasive technique is practically painless. Compared to traditional vasectomies, our cutting-edge no-scalpel vasectomy allows you to resume your sex life faster, experience less post-op complications, and spend less time in surgery.

What is a No-Needle, No-Scalpel Vasectomy?

During a vasectomy, the vas deferens (the tube that connects the testicles where sperm is produced to the urethra in the penis) is cut or clamped. This is done to prevent sperm from mixing with semen during ejaculation, so fertilization of an egg becomes impossible.

First, the front of your scrotum will be shaved and the area will be sterilized. Dr. Avila then uses a state-of-the-art anesthesia technique to numb the area. After locating the vas deferens, he inserts a small clamp through the skin of the scrotum to access the vas deferens. He then cuts and seals the vas deferens to block sperm flow with a small surgical instrument. Stitches are not required; the small puncture wound on the scrotum will heal itself.

What Happens After a Vasectomy?

Vasectomy recovery is simple – after your procedure you need plenty of rest, avoid heavy lifting, and apply ice periodically to the area for several days to avoid inflammation. You may have minor swelling and/or discomfort in the affected area; this is completely normal. You can resume sexual activity just 7 days after your male vasectomy, though you should use some form of birth control until after Dr. Avila determines you are no longer fertile.

A simple post-vasectomy semen analysis (PVSA) test will confirm that your sperm count has reached zero after your vasectomy, so you can resume sexual activity without the worry of an unplanned pregnancy. Dr. Avila recommends at least 2 semen tests at one of our East Valley urology offices to ensure you are sterile before eliminating other birth control methods.

What is the Cost of a Vasectomy?

Male vasectomy costs when compared to sterilization methods for women are much lower, and complications during a vasectomy recovery are significantly lower compared to female tubal ligation.

Many patients ask if insurance covers their vasectomy. Your procedure and follow-up appointments are likely covered by insurance with only a small co-pay. This results in very little, if any, out-of-pocket vasectomy costs. Please call your insurance company to verify coverage.

Are Vasectomies Permanent?

While a vasectomy is considered a permanent procedure, a vasectomy reversal can restore your fertility, should you later decide to have children. When performed by fellowship-trained, board-certified urologist Dr. Avila, you can trust that your vasectomy is not only effective, but that a successful vasectomy reversal can be performed 2, 10, or even 20 years down the road.

Will a Vasectomy Affect My Sex Life?

A vasectomy will not have a negative impact on your ability to have sex, your libido, or your pleasure sensations during sex. In fact, many men and their partners report a drastic improvement in spontaneity and pleasure after sex, since you no longer have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy.

Should I Get a Vasectomy?

This is a question only you can answer, after making an informed decision following a vasectomy consultation with Dr. Avila. If you are looking for permanent male birth control that is cost-effective, safe, and successful with little downtime, you are a good candidate for vasectomy surgery.

Your search for the area’s expert in the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy procedure in Phoenix, Arizona is over. Call Ironwood Urology at (480) 961-2323, or request an appointment online with renowned vasectomy surgeon Dr. Desi Avila today.

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