Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons
Urologic Surgeon servicing Dixon and Sterling, IL
Vasectomy is the most reliable way for men to get peace of mind about birth control. Experienced urologist Steve Y. Chung, MD, at Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons, in Dixon, Peru, outside of Sterling Illinois and serving the rest of the Illinois Valley area, performs in-office vasectomies, so you can get home immediately afterward. Use the appointment scheduler online now, or call the office to book your vasectomy consultation today.
Vasectomy Q & A
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a sterilization procedure for men. This surgery blocks sperm from entering your seminal fluid, eliminating the chance of pregnancy. Although it's highly reliable as pregnancy prevention, vasectomy doesn't prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases.
At Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons, Dr. Chung performs vasectomy in the office while you're under local anesthesia. This allows you to go home almost immediately afterward.
How does the vasectomy procedure work?
Dr. Chung injects a local anesthetic into your scrotum, which numbs the area completely within around 5 minutes. He makes a single tiny incision in the scrotum and then finds the vas deferens tube that moves semen.
Dr. Chung pulls a portion of the vas deferens tube out through the incision and removes a small portion of the vas deferens. He then closes the single incision with absorbable suture, and you can return home shortly afterward. The whole procedure can take as little as 30 minutes.
What can I expect after my vasectomy?
Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal. You can minimize problems and increase comfort in a few ways, such as:
- Use ice packs
- Wear supportive underwear
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
- Avoid showering for 24 hours
Most men feel much better after just a couple days, and you can return to work as soon as two days post-vasectomy if your job doesn’t require heavy labor.
Dr. Chung will advise you when it’s safe to resume sexual activity. Usually, this ranges from 7-10 days. But, remember that when you resume sexual activity shortly after your vasectomy, you still need to use birth control.
When can I quit using birth control after my vasectomy?
Dr. Chung will advise you when it’s safe to stop using birth control. You can only rely on vasectomy for birth control after a semen analysis shows no trace of sperm. Usually, you’ll have this analysis after 25 ejaculations after your surgery. The semen test is done in the privacy of home using a mail order kit.
Ready to schedule your vasectomy consultation? It’s as easy as clicking the online scheduler or calling the Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons office to book an appointment now.