ADVERTORIAL / ST. GEORGE — Men consider vasectomies for a multitude of reasons, but the most common is that they have had children, grown their family and are at a point in their lives when they wish to invest in a permanent form of birth control.
A vasectomy is not only one of the most affordable methods of birth control, but also one of the safest. Over the past couple of decades a new procedure has been introduced to the United States that is minimally invasive and offers patients a much faster recovery time. The no-scalpel vasectomy originated in China, and was brought to the U.S. nearly 20 years ago; and that is when Dr. Robert M. Cope of StG Urology began practicing the new method.
“Maybe as many as half of the urologists in this country are using this technique,” Cope said, “so it’s picking up in popularity.”
The procedure takes around 20 minutes to perform and the patient only requires about 48 hours of recovery time. If the procedure is done on a Thursday or Friday, patients can usually return to work on Monday, StG Urology’s Dr. Gregory S. Taylor said.
“It’s important to take care of yourself after a vasectomy,” Taylor said, “patients should not do too much strenuous activity, maybe avoid any heavy-lifting or working out for about three or four days minimum.”
Before scheduling the procedure, Cope and Taylor require prospective patients to come in for a consultation to go over all the details, risks and what to expect. Cope said the majority of people coming in seeking a vasectomy have given it considerable thought and are certain they want to get the procedure.
“The vast majority of people that come in are in their early 30s and have already had kids,” Cope said, “and that’s a great time for them to have a vasectomy.”
Vasectomies have the highest success rate for birth control, he said, higher than tubal ligations for women or any other techniques people use.
For others, their wife may have medical conditions that prevent her from having a safe pregnancy and a vasectomy will prevent that unsafe pregnancy.
Many men come in concerned that a vasectomy will affect their sex life in some way, Taylor said. The answer, simply, is no, he said. All aspects of sexual activity remain the same, minus the flow of sperm through the tube.
In the case of men seeking a vasectomy reversal, StG Urology performs the procedure. Whether their marital status has changed, or they’ve simply reconsidered having more children, the doctors at StG Urology are happy to help. However, the reversal surgery is more difficult than a vasectomy and requires longer recovery time; and, vasectomy reversals are not guaranteed to be effective.
“Reversals are only about 60-70 percent successful,” Taylor said. “So you want to be really sure that you want to go ahead with the vasectomy before having it done.”
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