What to know:
Offered at Our 5301 Vernon Ave. S. Location
1. Procedure: Vasectomy is a surgical procedure which
removes a part of the vas deferens, the tube-channel that carries the
sperm from the testicle to the prostate area. Each end of the bas
deferens is tied with non-absorbable suture. For practical purposes it
must be considered a permanent procedure, although on rare occasions a
reconnection has been accomplished surgically. Bleeding and infection
are always a possibility after any surgical procedure. These
complications are infrequent. Xylocaine, a local anesthetic, is injected
into the area of the surgery. There will be discomfort in the groin for
about 7 to 10 days following surgery. It is suggested that the day
following surgery be taken off from work.
2. Sterility: Sterility cannot be guaranteed because of the rare
occasion of an accessory vas deferens or tube-channel. Also on occasion,
the severed and ligated ends of the duct will spontaneously reconnect
themselves. If this occurs, it will usually be discovered by means of a
sperm study done three months after surgery. There is no guarantee that
the sperm study will reveal that this reconnection has occurred.
Contraceptive measures must be used for three months after surgery and
until a sperm sample has been studied to determine the absence of sperm.
3. Consultation: We would like to discuss this with both marital
partners and examinethe male prior to the vasectomy.
Vasectomy Clip Procedure
This procedure is similar to the above with the exception that special
clips are used to "seal off" the vas deferens preventing sperm from
passing through. This procedure eliminates all cutting, suturing and
cauterizing (burning) of the vas deferens and reduces potential
complications related to damage of the vas deferens. When compared to
traditional vasectomy, this procedure significantly reduces pain,
recovery time, and increases the willingness of men to bear the
responsibility of birth control.
for this procedure includes two components -- the actual surgical
procedure to place the clips (procedure code 55250 $801.00) and the
clips themselves (procedure code A4649 $440.00).
Most insurance carriers cover the surgical procedure but the clips
are considered "elective" and are therefore the responsibility of the
patient. Edina Family Physicians patients desiring the clip method are
required to pay the $440.00 for the clips prior to the procedure.
NOTE: As with any medical procedure, it is the responsibility of the
patient to verify insurance coverage with their insurance carrier.