If you’re done growing your family, or you don’t want a family at all, a vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control next to abstinence. Dr. William T. Klope of William T. Klope, MD Inc. in Ventura, California, is renowned throughout Ventura County for his “no-scalpel vasectomies,” performing the procedure without a scalpel, needle, or sutures. If you’d like to learn more about no-scalpel vasectomies, call or make an appointment online.
A vasectomy is a simple and common surgery to prevent sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. More than 500,000 men in the United States undergo vasectomy surgery each year.
While a vasectomy is nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, it is also largely permanent. Even though the procedure is reversible, only men who are certain they don’t want biological children in the future should consider it.
A no-scalpel vasectomy is a quick, safe, in-office procedure. First, Dr. Klope numbs the area with a local anesthetic. Once you’re numb, he locates the vasa deferentia, the tubes that carry sperm, and places them in small clamps. Dr. Klope then makes a small hole in the skin, through which he lifts out each tube to cut or tie it before returning it inside to its normal position.
Because no cuts or incisions are made during a no-scalpel vasectomy, there is less risk of infection, bleeding, and bruising than you might experience with a conventional vasectomy. You don’t need stitches and there’s no scarring. You can expect to return home soon after the procedure.
You will most likely experience some soreness, discomfort, swelling, and slight pain. You should rest at home immediately after the procedure and take over-the-counter pain medications to ease any achiness. Icing your genitals can help as well. Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous physical activities as instructed.
Dr. Klope will send you home with a full list of instructions and guidelines to make your recovery quick and comfortable. Call Dr. Klope right away if you have a high fever, severe pain, or any concerns or questions.
Usually, men can start having sex again within a week of the procedure if their pain and swelling have subsided. It’s important to remember, however, that it takes about three months after your vasectomy before the birth control benefits kick in. Dr. Klope tests your semen during a follow-up appointment to make sure it’s sperm-free.
If you’d like to learn more or want to schedule a vasectomy consultation, call or book an appointment online.