Vasectomy Specialist

Dr's Frankel, Reed and Evans

Urologists located in Burien, WA & Renton, WA

Because a vasectomy is minimally invasive and is nearly 100% effective, it’s one of the most popular sterilization options for couples. The team at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans in Burien, Washington regularly performs vasectomies using the most advanced techniques available including a no-scalpel technique. You can feel confident that top urologists Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD; David C. Reed, MD; and Jeffrey L. Evans, MD, ensure your vasectomy is going to be as smooth and painless as possible. Schedule your vasectomy evaluation either online or over the phone.

Vasectomy Q & A

What happens during a vasectomy?

During your vasectomy, your practitioner gently injects a small needle into the treatment area to numb you. Most men feel an initial slight pinch, but the numbing lidocaine starts working immediately, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort for the rest of your procedure.

Your urologist makes a small incision across the top of your scrotum, then uses small surgical instruments to cut each vas deferens tube — you have two. Depending on the size of your incision, you might need stitches.

In many cases, men need only surgical glue to seal the small holes. Because this procedure is performed in the office, you can go home right away, although you’re going to need a ride.

How effective is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is nearly 100% effective, but it takes time to get all of the semen out of your body. While a vasectomy does involve completely severing your vas deferens, those tubes still have some remaining sperm left behind.

You need to have several ejaculations to allow all of those lingering sperm to escape. Usually, this takes about three months. At this point, your urologist has you come into the office for a screening. You have to give a semen sample so your practitioner can see if you have any sperm left in your seminal fluid.

As long as your semen is free of sperm, you’re going to have maximum protection from your vasectomy procedure. Until you’re cleared, though, it’s important to continue using a backup form of birth control, such as a condom.

While very rare, it’s possible for your vas deferens to rejoin and allow sperm to flow into your semen again. In these unlikely cases, a pregnancy could happen.   

Does it take a long time to recover after a vasectomy?

Not at all. It’s normal to have some soreness for a few days, so you should let yourself rest for at least a day, or as needed. Your practitioner at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans may prescribe oral pain medication to ease any discomfort afterward. Most men have a full recovery and can return to all regular activities — including exercise and sexual intercourse — after about a week.

If you want to find out more about getting a vasectomy, schedule an exam at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans. You can either use the online scheduling system or call the clinic to book your visit.