FAQs – Vasectomies 

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Q: What is a vasectomy?
A: A vasectomy is a safe and effective method of providing a permanent means of birth control or sterility. It is a minor surgical procedure that is nearly 100% effective. It is a relatively quick procedure, generally requiring a local anesthesia. Each year about one-half million American men undergo this male sterilization procedure.

Q: How does a vasectomy work?
A: A vasectomy blocks the tubes (vas deferens) that carry the sperm from the testicle into the ejaculate or seminal fluid. There are a few things you may want to consider before getting your vasectomy:
1. Technique (availability of No Scalpel)
2. Anesthesia (availability of No Needle)
3. Going to sleep for the procedure
4. Activity and Care Afterward

Q: What is a “No Scalpel” vasectomy?
A: The "No Scalpel" vasectomy technique uses specially engineered instruments to accomplish the surgical sterilization, generally through a single, small opening. This newer minimally invasive technique is a significant advance over more traditional vasectomy techniques as it allows more precision, and less trauma. For the patient that means less discomfort, faster recovery and lower risk of complications.

Q: What is “No Needle” anesthesia?
A: "No-Needle" anesthesia is a new method for applying local anesthetic with a high pressure spray rather than a needle. It is also referred to as "jet injection." No needle anesthesia allows more comfortable and effective numbing without using a needle.

Q: Is there a change in sex drive or masculinity after vasectomy?
A: No. Sex drive, or libido is unchanged by a vasectomy. In addition, there is no effect on either testosterone levels or erections. The amount of fluid with ejaculation is reduced by about 5% and will contain no sperm, but is not noticeably different.

Q: How do I prepare for vasectomy?
A: Prepare for your appointment by arranging your schedule to accommodate two days of rest followed by an additional 12 days of light activity after your vasectomy. Be sure to have read, the handout given to you and reviewed with you by Dr. Seaman on the day of your consultation. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve) for 5 days prior to the appointment. If minor pain medicine is needed, please use acetaminophen (Tylenol). Shave the front of the testicle area (scrotum) below the penis the morning of your appointment. Bring a clean jock strap or sport compression shorts to the appointment.

Q: When can I consider my vasectomy effective?
A: You must continue birth control for a minimum of 12 weeks and until 2 semen analyses shows no sperm.

Q: What towns do patients come from?
A: We have patients visiting our offices from Morris, Essex, Union, and many other counties in New Jersey as well as cities including Short Hills, Summit, Millburn, Cherry Hill, Saddle River, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Westfield, and many other cities within New Jersey.

To schedule an appointment, call 973-218-9400 or contact us here.