Vasectomy is a simple and effective method of permanent contraception in men. It is safer and less expensive than tubal ligation, which typically requires general anesthesia. About 500,000 men undergo vasectomy yearly in the United States. This procedure takes about 10-30 minutes, depending on surgeon technique and patient anatomy.
We all utilize the No-scalpel Vasectomy approach. This causes less discomfort than the traditional approach as it is performed through an entry incision about 2-3 mm in size and does not require stitches to close. Most patient have their procedure done awake under local anesthesia, but for those who may require it due to patient or anatomic factors, IV “twilight” anesthesia can be arranged ahead of time.