Vasectomy Specialist

ED Specialists of Connecticut

Gerard J Pregenzer, Jr, M.D.

Erectile Dysfunction Specialist & Urologist located in Hartford, CT & Enfield, CT

Having a vasectomy is one of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing unwanted pregnancies. If you’re considering a vasectomy, expert urologist and erectile dysfunction specialist Gerard Pregenzer, Jr., MD, at ED Specialists of Connecticut can help. Dr. Pregenzer is an expert in men’s health, and he specializes in performing delicate surgeries and procedures like vasectomies using the most up to date, advanced approaches. Call either of the offices in Hartford, Connecticut, today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Vasectomy Q & A

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a procedure that causes male sterilization. It’s a safe and effective method of birth control for men who no longer want to have any more children or who are sure they don’t want children.

Vasectomy has significant advantages over female sterilization. Sterilizing a man is far more straightforward than the surgery a woman has to undergo. That makes it safer as well as simpler, and also more cost-effective. 

Dr. Pregenzer can carry out your vasectomy on an outpatient basis, and there’s less risk of complications after the operation than there is with female sterilization.

How is a vasectomy carried out?

Dr. Pregenzer carries out your vasectomy under local anesthesia. When the area is numb, he feels under the skin on your scrotum for the vas deferens. This is the tube that transports sperm from your testicles.

Once he finds the vas deferens, Dr. Pregenzer makes a small hole in the skin using a special instrument and stretches the hole to get access to the vas deferens so he can cut it and tie off the ends. Tying the ends stops sperm from leaving your testicles and mixing in with your semen when you ejaculate.

You might need stitches, but not everyone does. You have a dressing over the area to keep it clean, which you should replace if it gets dirty.

You shouldn’t find the procedure uncomfortable; in fact, the most you’re likely to feel is a mild tugging sensation. You might experience some discomfort later on, and develop a little swelling and bruising. You can take over-the-counter pain medication and use an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas to keep the swelling down.

After three days, any symptoms should be gone, and you can start getting back to normal. Bear in mind that it takes a while to clear any sperm that may be in your system already, so you should continue to use other forms of contraception, to begin with.

How effective is a vasectomy?

Vasectomies are very effective, but unless you don’t have sex at all, no birth control method is 100% reliable. It’s possible for sperm to bridge the gap between the tied ends of the vas deferens in rare cases, but in general, the failure rate for vasectomies is impressively low. It’s certainly the safest method of contraception available.

You need to give semen samples at intervals after your vasectomy, so Dr. Pregenzer can tell that there are no sperm getting through. If he does see sperm in the sample at any time, he would repeat the vasectomy procedure, but nationwide, this only happens once for every thousand patients.

Find out more about having a vasectomy or schedule a consultation by calling ED Specialists of Connecticut today or book an appointment online.