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Vasectomy is by far the most superior form of birth control. It is a simple office procedure under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes to perform. Dr. Carrasquillo specializes in the no-scalpel method of vasectomy. Overall, the success rate of vasectomy is greater than 99%.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Is vasectomy permanent?
Vasectomy is intended to be a permanent form of birth control. Its high rate of success is second only to abstinence from sexual activity. However, vasectomy reversal is a potential option in the future as men can change their minds for a variety of reasons, and Dr. Carrasquillo specializes in this form of surgery as well.
+ What is the follow up after vasectomy?
After vasectomy, you must continue to use some form of contraception to prevent pregnancy until a semen analysis is performed 3 months after your vasectomy and confirms the absence of moving sperm in the semen.
+ What is the recovery like after vasectomy?
I recommend ice and bedrest at home for one day; no heavy lifting, sex or ejaculation for 1 week; and a jockstrap or close-fitting briefs to minimize discomfort and swelling. Pain is well-controlled with ice and over-the-counter medications.
+ How is vasectomy performed?
Using a no-scalpel technique and local anesthetic, Dr. Carrasquillo delivers the vas deferens on each side from a small puncture in the scrotal skin. He employs a combination of cutting a vas segment, clipping, and cauterization for a high likelihood of success. Rarely, there are some patients for whom the vas deferens cannot be easily isolated on physical examination during the initial consultation. In these cases, for the sake of patient comfort and feasibility of the vasectomy, the procedure can be done in the operating room with sedation. Dr. Carrasquillo will inform you if that is recommended during your office consultation.
+ How much does vasectomy cost?
While vasectomy reversal is generally not a covered benefit in the state of Massachusetts, vasectomy is almost universally covered. Check with your insurance provider first regarding any potential out-of-pocket costs.