How long does the procedure take?
Typically the office procedure takes 20-40 minutes depending on case.
How long is recovery?
Patients can go back to work and have intercourse after 48 hours as tolerated. There may be some minor discomfort for up to a week after the vasectomy.
What are the risks?
Bleeding is rare, but the most common complication. Infection and cyst formation is rare, but possible. Some individuals may develop minor discomfort that resolves over time.
Is it possible for the vasectomy to fail?
There is a <0.70 % failure rate. Patient should be tested after 3 months for possible failure. Usually orders for testing are placed in right after the procedure and the patient need only to submit a sample to the laboratory after 3 months prior to withdrawing previous contraception methods.
Does a no-scalpel vasectomy hurt?
Typically, the patient only experiences minor discomfort during and after the procedure. Sometimes pain may be heightened the first evening post procedure which quickly resolves within 24-48 hours.
Is a vasectomy reversible?
While The Everett Clinic does not offer vasectomy reversals, there is 50 percent success rate in reversing vasectomies. We are able to make a referral to facilities which offer this procedure however we do considerable counseling to make sure that the patient understands that vasectomy is meant to be permanent sterilization and reversing it may be expensive and not guaranteed. It is known however that vasectomy has a higher rate of success reversing compared to female tubal ligation.
What is the cost of a vasectomy?
Normally, insurances cover it including medicaid/medicare. Out of pocket is typically $700-$800. You should check with your insurance provider to see what costs are covered and what requirements that they may have.
For patients with a particular fear or discomfort of needles, we offer the Madajet at our Silver Lake location.
Madajet is a no needle, no scalpel vasectomy that uses a spray injector to apply anesthesia to numb the area. A special tool is used to spread the tissue eliminating the scalpel and expose each vas through a small opening in the scrotum. Since no scalpel is used, no stitches are needed. The wound is expected to close within 48-72 hours. You don’t need to be a patient of the primary care provider to have them do your vasectomy and providers are open to vasectomy patients even if their primary care practice is currently closed.