Birth Control Surgery with Little Downtime
Vasectomies have a near one hundred percent success rate and since the vasectomy recovery time is almost immediate, it is a very popular form of surgery for many men. It’s chosen by men who either don’t want any more children or who don’t want to birth children at all.
A vasectomy is a permanent birth control option chosen by many men each year. It’s estimated that 500,000 men choose this procedure each year in the U.S. alone. It is a basically simple operation to make a man physically unable to biologically father a child. It is an operation that blocks the tubes that the sperm pass through into the semen. Vasectomies are a great option for men who don’t want to birth children and who don’t want to worry about other conventional forms of contraception.
A vasectomy generally takes less than thirty minutes and is performed using a local anesthetic. It is performed in an outpatient capacity and is much less complex than female infertility methods. Because of the simplicity of the procedure, the vasectomy recovery time, while varied from man to man, is much shorter than other surgical procedures. This is one of the major reasons this is a preferred method of permanent birth control for a couple.
What the Recovery Time Depends On
The vasectomy recovery time depends on the individual patient and how the surgery is performed. A vasectomy works by severing the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm into the ejaculate, thus making the man infertile. One of the common ways this is performed is by making a small incision through which the vas deferens is pulled through and sealed with a clamp, suture or laser. This usually leaves a small scar and a wound that needs to heal, thus lengthening vasectomy recovery time.
Another method of the procedure does not use a scalpel. In this version of the surgery, pointed hemostats that resemble a pair of tweezers are used to make a small hole through which to pull the vas deferens through. Since there is no cutting there is no wound that takes time to heal. The vasectomy recovery time for this type of procedure is generally much shorter than the scalpel procedure.
Whichever method a man chooses, the vasectomy recovery time should include some swelling for a few days. He may also experience some pain that lasts anywhere from a few days to a week. However, the vasectomy recovery time that includes doing day to day activities is almost immediate. Therefore, given that he doesn’t have too demanding of a job, a man may be able to return to work almost immediately.
It is important to note, though, that even though the vasectomy recovery time is so short, sperm may remain in a man’s ejaculate following a vasectomy for up to three months. He should have his semen tested to determine the levels of sperm to prevent from getting his partner pregnant during this vasectomy recovery time.
If you’re inclined to adopt vasectomy as a contraceptive measure you should first gather all of the relevant information from a certified urologist who is in the position of explaining all the pros and cons of the procedure. You are also advised to make a list of the fears or concerns you have so that you can get accurate and complete vasectomy information from your doctor.