Before Your Vasectomy at Comfort Procedures Dallas
Before you schedule your vasectomy at Comfort Procedures, do your research to ‘make sure you are making a fully informed decision. The surgery is final and you will not father any more children. While a surgical reversal is a possibility, it is expensive and not always successful. The first step is to ask us any questions you may have. Our site is a wealth of information for you to review and we are happy to speak with you over the phone or on email to clarify anything.
You can call 469-931-0684 to book your appointment.
Patient Instructions Before Vasectomy
For your convenience, you can have the physician consultation and surgery at the same appointment. You always have the option for a separate consult if you wish.
After you have scheduled your surgery, it is important that you adhere to the instructions below. Please also review the After Vasectomy information so you know what to expect after the procedure.
The Week Before Your Vasectomy
Starting 7 days before your scheduled appointment, do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, or other anti-inflammatory medication. These products can thin the blood which increases the risk of bleeding. If pain relief is needed, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is acceptable.
Please call our office or your prescribing physician to discuss your situation if you have a medical requirement to take any medication that thins your blood, such as Coumadin, Eliquis, or Plavix.
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24 Hours Before Your Procedure:
Go light on the alcohol because it can thin the blood somewhat. One glass of wine or a beer with dinner is acceptable. To keep hair out of the surgical area, shave your scrotum. This will give you time between shaving and the surgery for any discomfort from shaving to dissipate before your vasectomy procedure. We recommend to trim first with small scissors then shave with a razor or electric shaver.
Shaving Before Vasectomy
Many of our patients find it more comfortable to shave in the shower, not when the area is dry. Refer to the image for guidance on where to shave.
The Day of Your Vasectomy Surgery
Shower and wash the scrotal area thoroughly. Wear very supportive underwear – briefs are ideal but boxer briefs are okay too. Loose boxer shorts do not offer the support you will want after your procedure. Wear comfortable clothing during the procedure. You will not need to undress; however, you will need to slide down the clothing on your lower half under the sterile drape. You may feel more comfortable if you eat a good breakfast before your appointment. Minimize coffee unless skipping it causes you stress. If you opt to take the prescribed Valium, take one tablet by mouth 30 minutes prior to the appointment. If you take the Valium, you may not drive yourself. You will definitely need a driver or Uber to get you to surgery and home again. You may bring the second Valium with you in case you decide you want to take it also; otherwise, save it for bedtime.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment.
You will be ushered into one of the procedure rooms where the doctor will ask you to simply lower your pants, lie back and relax. You are not required to fully undress.
An elastic band will be placed around your penis to hold it out of the operating field, then the scrotal area will be washed with an antiseptic solution and surgical drape will be placed on your body to cover you.
The anesthetic will be administered by our usual no-needle method, whereby a pen-size device applies the anesthetic using air pressure. At no time will a needle get close to your scrotum.
After the doctor consults with you, the actual vasectomy process will take 15 to 20 minutes depending, upon your particular anatomy.
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Consideration Before a Man’s Vasectomy
The intention of a vasectomy is to create permanent sterility, so it is important to consider this to be a serious decision.
Please review the questions and considerations below so you are sure about your decision.
Do I think that I might want to have more children?
Vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of birth control and will prevent you from getting your partner pregnant.
As years pass, it is possible that some men might change their mind about the suitability of their vasectomy and may want to have children, for example because there is a remarriage or a child dies. If there is a possibility that you may want children in the future, please do not have the procedure done.
Some surgeons offer vasectomy reversals, however, there is no guarantee that fertility will be restored. Vasectomy should never be seen as a temporary answer to suppress fertility. Before getting a vasectomy, men need to be certain they will not want to conceive in the future.
Am I physiologically a good candidate for a vasectomy surgery?
Do I have any pre-existing physical issues such as hernia or scarring in that area may affect my ability to have a successful procedure.? Do I have good overall health and ability to tolerate a minor surgery, taking into account abnormal blood coagulation or other pre-existing conditions? If you have questions about this, please schedule a separate consultation.
Does my current lifestyle make me a good candidate for a vasectomy?
- Age – If I am young with no children, is it possible I might change my mind in the future?
- Personal Stress – If this is a stressful time in my life, can I make a reasoned decision?
- External Pressure – Is someone or some circumstance giving me pressure to make a decision?
- Relationship Stability – Are I currently questioning the stability of my current relationship and how long it might last?
- If you have decided that no matter what the future brings you will not want any more children, then vasectomy is a reasonable consideration for you.
A vasectomy might not be right for you if:
You are young, in an unstable relationship, considering the procedure to please your partner, under significant stress, or expecting to be able to reverse the vasectomy later in life.
Can a No-Scalpel Vasectomy be reversed?
Vasectomy can be reversed but it is expensive and is not always successful. The success of a reversal surgery depends on the length of time between the vasectomy and your desire for a reversal as well as the skill of the physician performing the reversal. If you are considering a reversal now before your appointment, then vasectomy may not be right for you. We advise everyone to consider a vasectomy to be a permanent form of contraception.
Is now the best time for my vasectomy?
A vasectomy might not be right for you if you are in an unstable relationship, considering the procedure to please your partner, under significant stress, or expecting to reverse the vasectomy later in life.
A vasectomy might not be right for you if you are not certain that you have the number of children you want. You may want to consider delaying your procedure for a few months if you have a child under six months of age because of the rare possibility of “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)”, a condition where a child can die after a few months of life for no apparent reason. After the age of six months, the risk of SIDS is generally considered to have passed. SIDS is not common, occurring in 1 in 2000 infants; however, this might possibly affect the timing of your plans for vasectomy.
How can I be sure I want a vasectomy?
- You do not want to be a father under any circumstances.
- You want to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancy or other contraceptive practices.
- You want your partner to avoid a higher risk (and higher failure rate) of undergoing a tubal ligation procedure.
If you can answer “Yes” then vasectomy may be right for you.
We recommend making this decision with your partner. Consider all kinds of birth control and get input from a friend or relative who has had the procedure. Consider how you would feel if your partner had an unplanned pregnancy. Talk to health care professionals like a doctor, nurse, or family planning counselor.
When You Are Ready, Call Us to Book an Appointment for Your Vasectomy
Our phone number is 459-931-0684 and we are ready to talk. Our hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5:00.
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