Vasectomy in Lancaster, WI
A vasectomy is a popular procedure among men looking for a permanent birth control solution. A typical vasectomy procedure requires that two small incisions be made on the patient’s scrotum in order to access the vas deferens. Dr. Stormont utilizes an even less invasive procedure that is often referred to as a vasectomy or a keyhole vasectomy.
Ian Stormont, MD is an expert urologist committed to providing the highest quality care to patients throughout southwestern Wisconsin. Dr. Stormont specializes in performing minimally invasive vasectomy procedures. Call our urology clinic in Darlington at (608) 776-5748 or Lancaster at (608) 723-2131 to schedule your appointment today!
How Does It Work?
Rather than making a sizable incision on the scrotum, the vasectomy is performed entirely through a puncture made in the scrotal sac. This hole is so small that stitches are rarely ever required after the procedure is complete. Topical anesthetic is applied to ensure that no pain is felt during the vasectomy.
The process is much the same as a standard vasectomy with the ultimate goal being to prevent the patient from having children in the future. To achieve sterilization, the vas deferens must be severed. These two tubes are responsible for transporting a man’s sperm to his semen, which is stored in the testes. By cutting the vas deferens, it becomes impossible for this sperm to travel outside of the body and potentially fertilize a woman’s eggs.
During a keyhole vasectomy, each of these tubes is gently manipulated until they protrude through the puncture site. Once Dr. Stormont has a clear visual of the area, the vas deferens are cut and blocked permanently.
Benefits of a Vasectomy
Any type of vasectomy presents a number of advantages to each potential patient. Men who are looking to avoid future children in a way that is safe, effective, and affordable are often considered primary candidates for this kind of procedure.
Recovery After the Procedure
Immediately following a vasectomy, there will be bruising and swelling, but those symptoms should subside after a few days. Apply ice packs every few hours to help control these symptoms. Wear tight-fitting underwear so that the scrotum is provided extra support.
Get plenty of bed rest during the first week. At the very least, stay off of your feet for two or three days. Avoid bathing for about 48 hours because this will allow the incisions to heal faster and prevent infection. Take the antibiotics that your doctor provides.
Most patients are able to return to their normal lives after one week.
Sex After a Vasectomy
Wait at least one week before having sexual intercourse. Keep in mind, you may not be sterile right away. Ejaculate may still contain sperm and may continue to for several months after the procedure. After a few months, Dr. Stormont will check sperm levels to confirm that it is declining until it reaches zero.
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive and orgasms. Occasionally, men feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away.
More Questions? Ask Dr. Stormont!
If you would like additional information about the vasectomy procedure or would like to see if you are a candidate, please contact us today at (608) 723-2131 for our Lancaster office or (608) 776-5748 for our Darlington office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stormont. You may also request an appointment with him online using our secure form. Dr. Stormont sees patients from Platteville, Fennimore, Dodgeville, and the surrounding areas.