Vasectomy Specialist in Upper Manhattan
A leader in Male Sexual Health in NYC, Dr. Robert Valenzuela is an expert in the most advanced vasectomy techniques. This includes the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy which is less invasive, causes less discomfort, fewer complications, and has a shorter recovery time than a traditional vasectomy. Dr. Valenzuela utilizes his experience from over 25 years of performing vasectomies in the NYC area to ensure faster recovery times, minimal pain, and a successful operation for every single one of his patients.
A vasectomy is one of the best and the most reliable forms of birth control performed by Dr. Valenzuela at his office in Manhattan. It not only provides continuous protection against pregnancy but is the most cost-effective birth control method available for men. With over 500,000 men in the U.S. having a vasectomy each year the non-surgical, no-needle, and no-scalpel vasectomy has gained significantly in popularity.
Why Choose Dr. Valenzuela for Your Vasectomy?
There are countless urologists around Manhattan and NYC that perform vasectomies every day. However, when going to Dr. Valenzuela, patients can be sure that his extensive training and experience will provide them with the best possible care. Men choose Dr. Valenzuela because of the extensive post-op patient care at Washington Heights Urology. If life circumstances change and treatment for other conditions such as erectile dysfunction is needed later in life, you can return to Dr. Valenzuela and know they you’re in the best possible hands. Find more detailed information about Dr. Valenzuela’s credentials and training. Contact us today to make an appointment.
What is a Vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure in which the vas deferens, a thin tube that stores and transports sperm is cut and then tied or sealed so that the sperm can no longer get into the semen. It is a permanent method of birth control for men. It prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates.
Vasectomy can be performed by various surgical techniques and they include:
- Conventional vasectomy: The testicles and scrotum are cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes and may be done by a urologist or a general surgeon. Oral or intravenous (IV) anti-anxiety medications are given to relax and reduce anxiety. A vasectomy is usually done under local anesthesia to numb the area. Two small punctures or holes are made on the scrotum and a part of vas deferens is removed through the opening. The cut ends of the vas deferens are then tied off with a synthetic thread or a clip. In some cases, electrocautery may be used to seal the ends with heat. The skin is closed with absorbable sutures.
- No-scalpel technique: It is a technique that uses a small clamp rather than a scalpel to puncture the scrotum. The clamp is poked through the skin of the scrotum and then opened. This technique reduces bleeding, infection and pain and no stitches are needed.
- Vas clip implant procedure: This technique do not require cutting and suturing the vas deferens, but rather uses a clip known as vas clip to lock and close the vas deferens. This method is not as effective as other methods of sealing off the vas deferens.
What happens after a vasectomy?
Swelling and minor pain may be felt in the scrotum area for several days after vasectomy. Complications that might occur after a vasectomy include bleeding under the skin, infection at the site of incision, sperm leaking from a vas deferens and forming a small lump called sperm granuloma and inflammation of the tubes that carry sperms from the testicles. In rare circumstances, the vas deferens can regrow or recanalize, and if it occurs, it could cause pregnancy.
Instructions to follow after surgery may include:
- Avoid heavy lifting for a week
- Apply cold packs to the area
- Wearing snug underwear to support the scrotum
- Get plenty of rest
After vasectomy, it usually takes several months for all remaining sperm to ejaculate or reabsorb. Alternative methods of birth control must be used, until a semen sample test shows a zero sperm count.
How Much Will it Cost to Have a Vasectomy?
Typically a vasectomy is covered by most health insurances, and in most cases only a co-pay is necessary. We ask that you contact your health insurance to find out if coverage for a vasectomy surgery is available. Our office can also accept out-of-pocket payments for those that are not using insurance.