Vasectomy is a form of permanent sterilization.
The procedure usually takes approximately 15 minutes.
During the procedure your vas deferens will be identified and a portion will be removed and sent to pathology for verification. Each end of the remaining vas deferens will then be cauterized and tied with suture. One end will be buried into the surrounding tissue to further prevent the possibility of sperm entering the ejaculate. This process will be repeated on both sides.
You will be able to go home following your procedure, but will need someone else to drive you. Please follow these post-operative instructions:
After your vasectomy, you will be asked to produce a semen specimen to confirm that there is no sperm in your ejaculate. The specimen should be brought to a laboratory three months or thirty ejaculations after the procedure. Until the semen analysis shows no evidence of any sperm, you must continue to use contraception.
Using a non-lubricated, non-spermicidal condom, ejaculate into the condom by manual manipulation. Carefully remove condom, turn inside out, and direct semen into the sample cup. Please do not place condom into specimen cup.
Post vasectomy semen specimens are brought to Charleston Area Medical Center, SVI Laboratory or to any participating laboratory covered by your insurance company. Be sure your name is written on the specimen container and a valid physician's order accompanies your specimen. Specimen containers should be provided after your vasectomy.