A Vasectomy is an option for men to undergo a permanent form of contraception. The procedure itself involves removing or blocking the vas deferens, which are the tubes that transport sperm from the testicles to the penis. In order for pregnancy to occur, a male’s sperm must reach the ovaries of a female through injection or intercourse. Many people look for ways to avoid pregnancy. These include condoms, female birth control and even Plan B as a last measure. If you are looking for a permanent and effective way to eliminate the concern of childbirth, then a Vasectomy may be your solution.
The Vasectomy procedure is mainly performed by a Urologist and is a minor procedure that have minimal invasiveness. Your conventional vasectomy is going to consist of the use of a scalpel. A surgeon will make two small slits within the scrotum. One on each side. These slits will allow the surgeon to enter your scrotum and remove the vas deferens in order to cancel out any form of sperm transportation to the penis. Once the vas deferens have been removed, these tubes are then sealed and the cuts are closed and stitched. There is also a form of vasectomy that doesn’t require a scalpel. This is called an incision vasectomy. The vas deferens will be clamped in place. Your doctor will then make a small hole in the skin of the scrotum in order to remove a piece of the vas deferens. Many people will choose this method as there is a lower risk of complications.
The recovery process is actually much shorter than most would imagine. Doctors recommend that you take 2 – 3 days off from work following the surgery. However, since this is a surgery, there is a chance you will be feeling some mild pain or discomfort after the vasectomy. This is usually subsided by placing a bag of ice on your scrotum. Unfortunately, there may be some blood in the semen following the surgery. Also, you aren’t immediately drained of all the sperm within your body. Typically, the sperm count will be diminished after a maximum of three months. It is recommended that a man follows up on the surgery with a sperm count approximately 8 weeks afterwards. If your semen tests come up with zero sperm counts after two attempts, then your ability to impregnate your partner is around the 1 percentile area.
Michael P. Zahalsky, MD
Dr. Michael Zahalsky is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology, who has been practicing medicine for over 15 years. He graduated from Brown University with a triple concentration in Biology, Health and Society, and Biomedical Ethics. He went on to earn his medical degree at Brown University while also earning a masters degree in medical science with a focus on epidemiology and gerontology, writing a thesis on The Self Assessed Needs of the Elderly. Dr. Zahalsky completed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City followed by a dual fellowship at Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This fellowship included training in male and female sexual dysfunction, male infertility, and microsurgery. Dr. Zahalsky relocated to South Florida in 2005 to pursue his dream of founding his own Urology practice, Z Urology.
Clinically, Dr. Zahalsky has distinguished himself as a top specialist in laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery, male infertility, and male and female sexual dysfunction. Dr. Zahalsky performed the first ever robotic surgery in Urology in Broward County. He is also a member of the clinical faculty of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Medicine.
Dr. Zahalsky is an active member of numerous organizations including the American Urologic Association and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction. He has published several chapters and articles in peer review journals including the Journal of Urology and Fertility and Sterility.
Dr. Zahalsky and Z Urology are dedicated to several charitable organizations such as JAFCO, In Jacobs Shoes, and The Boys and Girls Club.
Dr. Zahalsky is happily married to his wife, has three beautiful children, enjoys traveling, reading, and watching Game of Thrones. He was a contestant on Survivor Season 35.