Vasectomy in Atlanta, GA

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About Vasectomy

If you are imagining what life would be like without having to worry about the effectiveness of birth control with your partner and how a vasectomy would benefit your life, we invite you to speak with our board-certified urologist, Dr. Tariq Hakky, about a vasectomy. Many men and women find the thought of a vasectomy very desirable for the freedom to not get pregnant and have a more spontaneous sex life.

At Atlanta Cosmetic Urology, Dr. Hakky can perform a vasectomy in about 30 minutes and recovery is very short as well. One of the most frequently asked questions about vasectomy is how the vasectomy would change the ability to have a normal sex life. The good news is that there are many positive aspects of this procedure. Your ability to enjoy sex, produce hormones, have an erection, or level of penile sensitivity will not change. The vasectomy will perform one function — to stop your sperm from infiltrating the seminal fluid. Your testes will still produce sperm, but they will not be available in the ejaculate. In the event that you change your mind about having the vasectomy, there are surgical procedures to reverse it within five years of the surgery. If you would like to talk to Dr. Hakky, consult with him privately in our Atlanta, GA office.

Best Candidates

If you and your partner have made a decision to not have children or not have additional children, then you can schedule a consultation to talk to Dr. Hakky about a vasectomy. If you are considering this surgery as putting your fertility on a temporary hold to space out the timing between your children, then this is not the intervention for you.

A vasectomy will not diminish the capacity to have an erection or to ejaculate (no sperm will be in the semen). A vasectomy will not modify hormones either.

Treatment Technique

You can begin preparing yourself for your vasectomy the night before by grooming (shaving) the hair on your scrotum. On the day of your surgery, you do not have to fast. You can have a light meal prior to your surgery. Please wear compression shorts to the surgery location and have someone drive you. Your friend, caregiver, or loved one can relax in the waiting room until the procedure is finished (about 30 minutes). We will not allow you to drive home. 

Once you arrive, we will begin to prepare you for the vasectomy. You will take an oral sedative, and Dr. Hakky will put you under a local anesthetic before starting the surgery. Then he will make two small incisions on each side of your scrotum. Once open, he will find each sperm duct (vas deferens) to cut about a half or an inch off and seal it before placing it back into the scrotum. He may use dissolvable stitches to close your incision if needed. Then you will be taken to recovery.

What to Expect

You may see blood in your semen for 1 – 2 weeks after a vasectomy. It is not uncommon for there to be black and blue bruising (with no discomfort) on the skin of the scrotum and base of the penis. The discoloration should disappear on its own. Within the first 24 hours of being home from the surgery, you can remove the surgical dressings from inside the compression shorts (there will probably be blood and swelling in the incision area). For your comfort, we advise that you apply ice packs to your scrotum for the next 36 hours. Then you can take a warm bath once a day for seven days. Your shower schedule does not need to be modified. Dr. Hakky will want you to wear a scrotal support for at least a week. If you are up to it, you can have sexual intercourse one week after surgery. Stay away from heavy lifting or strenuous activities until you are released by the doctor.

A semen analysis will be scheduled 12 weeks after your vasectomy for a sperm count. It is important not to ejaculate for 3 – 4 days before your collection appointment for an accurate test. You may need to submit several samples for 3 – 6 months (as sperm can remain in your semen for months). You will have to practice precaution with a birth control method until your semen has been analyzed and no sperm is found. You and your partner need to decide on a method together if you choose not to abstain, such as an oral contraceptive (birth control pill), intrauterine device (IUD), topical contraceptive foams, creams, or jellies, or condoms. Dr. Hakky will follow your progress closely with several semen analyses to make sure there are no accidental pregnancies.

Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that can be performed in the doctor’s office or hospital under local anesthetic and involves cutting the vas deferens in the scrotum. Please review and sign this form for consent.

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Recovery Time  
3 Days
Average Procedure Time  
15 Minutes
Post-op Follow-up  
3 Months
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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For Your Long-Term Goals

If you would like to discuss your fertility options with our urologist, Dr. Hakky, he will sit down with you in a one-on-one consultation. Schedule your appointment at Atlanta Cosmetic Urology at your earliest convenience. While it is not necessary for your partner to come to the appointment with you, if you would like her there for support, she is more than welcome to join in on the conversation. We look forward to seeing you in our Atlanta, GA office soon.

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