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Vasectomy Risks

Vasectomy is a safe and effective form of permanent birth control. When compared to conventional incisional vasectomy using a scalpel, No-scalpel vasectomy has lower risks of infection, bleeding, and postoperative pain. Recovery is often quicker with No-scalpel vasectomy than is recovery from conventional incisional vasectomy.

Vasectomy has been very well studied and has the highest safety profile and lowest risk of any other sterilization procedure.

Vasectomy is extremely safe but not without risk

The risks of vasectomy are listed below from most common to least common.

Each section below expands to provide greater detail about the risks of vasectomy.

Vasectomy: Overall risks

Overall it is estimated that less than 10% of men will have a vasectomy complication. Most of these complications (tenderness and discomfort) are minimal and will quickly resolve. Some complications are severe and may require additional treatment. Although severe complications can occur they occur very infrequently. Most vasectomy complications are mild and will resolve with time.

Benefits of vasectomy

The main benefit of vasectomy is highly reliable permanent birth control and prevention of unintended pregnancy. These benefits can easily be obtained with a simple surgical procedure in less than 15 minutes within a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Vasectomy allows men control over their reproduction and allows men not to be reliant upon their female partners compliance with birth control.

Vasectomy also provides benefits to the female partner as a very effective form of birth control that allows them to avoid the risks associated with female sterilization. Although male and female sterilization are equally effective and safe, the complications associated with female sterilization are often more serious.

Female sterilization is often an intra-abdominal procedure performed under general anesthesia. Anesthesia risk and risk of injury to internal abdominal organs can occur with female sterilization procedures. Failure of female sterilization can result in unintended pregnancy. Pregnancies from female sterilization failure can be serious and life-threatening ectopic (tubal) pregnancies.

What Our Patients Are Saying

"Dr. Monteith prepared me mentally for the pre, during and post procedure journey. He also provided me with all the tools necessary for a comfortable recovery. I'm definitely confident in this Dr's work, and especially glad at how little pain I experienced throughout the process. It would be worth it to visit Dr. Monteith no matter what state you have to travel from, I drove from Virginia."

- J.R.

"Very comforting and knowledgeable experience not only was the staff pleasant so was the atmosphere! I drove 3 hours so i did my research. I was impressed with the information, visuals, and on hand knowledge about what the procedure was all about. I felt like an expert after i left! Not to mention the 45 min in and out time. I will be recommending this to all my colleagues thank you!"

- J.W.

"Dr Monteith, and his staff, were all very professional about my decision to have a vastectomy. They informed me of the risks, the surgery procedure, and the post-surgery care. The procedure itself was relatively painless. I would rate this as a 2/10. I highly recommend Dr Monteith; he even sent me a text message after the surgery to give me a personal update on my procedure. The procedure was quick."

- S.E.

"If you're in the market for a Vasectomy you need to give Dr. Monteith a serious look. Just compare the information on his website to the information you'll get from other options around the triangle. It's hard to get solid answers on cost, procedure and expectations up front from other offices but A Personal Choice plays no games and has great informative well designed website. Dr. Monteith makes it easy!"

- J.P.

"Excellent care. I visited Dr. Monteith for a single visit appointment on a Friday. Very clean, comfortable office. Pleasant staff. The procedure was quick and I went back to work for a little while. The only pain I experienced was soreness beginning about 4 hours post procedure, lasting for 24 hours, then subsiding rapidly. I was fine by Monday. The office checked on me twice, no problems. I would recommend Dr. Monteith to anyone.

- M.D.

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