How Much Does a Vasectomy Cost?

Because a vasectomy is technically a medical procedure, it’s easy to let your imagination wander when thinking about cost. Before you think it’s not affordable for you and your family, we’re here to help explain exactly what a vasectomy cost.

Many people wonder how much a vasectomy will cost for their family. Vasectomies performed by NAU Urology Specialists are done in an outpatient setting within our office, which is considerably less expensive than your wife would pay for oral contraceptives or a bilateral tubal ligation (also the same as getting your tubes tied), which is a sterilization procedure performed by an OBGYN.

You may be thinking to yourself: how could a vasectomy be less expensive than oral contraceptives? Well, when you weigh the up-front cost of a vasectomy versus paying a monthly fee long-term, plus the cost of an annual exam, a vasectomy is more cost-effective in the long-run.

So, how much does a vasectomy cost? When you call to schedule an appointment, we take the time to learn about your insurance and try to educate you on what the cost of the procedure would be. Most men are surprised to learn that their health insurance covers most aspects of the procedure – including the consultation. However, if you do not have health insurance to cover these costs, a vasectomy consultation and procedure including IV sedation and the post-vasectomy semen-analysis costs approximately $800. On top of that, you can usually expect to pay about $25 for a jockstrap and as much as you need to spend on frozen peas.

Knowing this information makes it easier to understand the cost of a vasectomy procedure and if you have health insurance, you may learn that most of this cost will be covered. Sorry guys, but you can’t use cost as a factor in putting a vasectomy off any longer now that you know this information!

What do I do before my vasectomy?

At NAU Urology Specialists, you can experience the Mistry Vasectomy difference, which means no needle, no scalpel, and no metal clips. Dr. Mistry does not perform an “open-ended” vasectomy, where one of the ends of the vas deferens is left untied. Instead, the procedure just involves a single incision and IV sedation. The specific steps performed by Dr. Mistry have been carefully thought out to maximize the effectiveness of the procedure and minimize pain and complications. Learn more about the Mistry Vasectomy here.

Ready to move forward with a vasectomy consultation and procedure? Contact us to schedule your appointment or if you need additional questions answered.

What Can I Expect After a Vasectomy?

Most of you want to know what to expect after your vasectomy. Many of you may have heard horror stories. We can tell you that with thousands of patients, experience, and personal experience, that you will be sore for a couple days.

Depending on how active you are, your testicles and groin may be sore longer. That’s why Dr. Mistry encourages you to sit still, watch television, limit your physical activity and…avoid being hit in the testicles.

You don’t want to have a full schedule of important things to do right after your vasectomy. This means – don’t go to a wedding, don’t go horseback riding, and don’t do any tractor work. Just plan on sitting at home. Ice packs will be your friend, frozen peas are the quintessential cool down for the scrotum after a vasectomy and you’ll be leaving our office with some gel packs to help with the recovery.

At the time of your procedure, you’ll be given a prescription for pain medication – depending on what you can tolerate and what we decide is appropriate for you. The medication is designed to take the edge off, but really, what’s going to help is icing the scrotum and limiting your physical activity.

Fellas, one of the problems with having your vasectomy procedure with Dr. Mistry is how comfortable it’s going to be for you. Yes, we said comfortable. Have you heard about Dr. Mistry’s vasectomy procedure? So, you’re going to have to play it up a little bit – maybe walk out bow-legged (although you won’t be) just to make it really seem like you went through quite an ordeal or else you won’t get the sympathy that you rightly deserve for having undergone a vasectomy.

So, use your vasectomy for two or three days to sit on the couch, enjoy some football and have some time to yourself. You deserve it.

You’re also going to leave our office with Dr. Mistry’s cell phone number. Whether it’s on Sunday night or the middle of Wednesday afternoon clinic, he’ll be happy to answer your call and make sure that you’re at ease.

Ready to schedule your vasectomy? Book your initial consultation with North Austin Urology today!

What Is a Vasectomy Procedure Like?

A vasectomy is a procedure, performed on a man by a urologist in a urologist’s office. When coming into our office, located at North Austin Urology, most men have an idea of what a vasectomy entails, but do not always know specifically what happens during the procedure.

A vasectomy is considered a permanent form of sterilization, although the testicles are still making sperm. Because of this, if you chose to reverse it, that would still be possible.

A vasectomy will not affect sexuality

A Vasectomy is designed to make a man sterile. Many men are concerned with whether a vasectomy will affect parts of their sexuality, which is a very important part of your body! More specifically, many men question whether or not a vasectomy will affect erections and sex drive.

Our answer is no, it shouldn’t! There is nothing about the procedure that will affect the ability to get an erection or that will affect sexual pleasure. It will not even change how your semen looks coming out of your body.

The procedure is done in-office and lasts 20 minutes

A single incision is made in the scrotum, where we find the tubes that transport the sperm. We remove a section out of the middle, tie the ends, and then hide them from each other. Despite still being able to ejaculate, under a microscope however, the semen will not show any sperm. It is important to note that you are still capable of getting your partner pregnant until all sperm ejaculated from the vas deferens.

Recovering from your vasectomy

When you go home, a simple 48-hour rest will usually have you right back to normal. We do recommend taking at least one day before resuming any activity that is rigorous or requires prolonged squatting or standing. For more information on vasectomy recovery, click here.

If you have any additional questions about what a Vasectomy procedure entails, you can contact our office.

What Do I Do Before My Vasectomy?

Vasectomy Preparation

At our office, located at North Austin Urology, most people who come in for a vasectomy consultation have the consultation and their procedure done on the same day. So, in our case, it is important to be prepared for the procedure when you come in for the consultation.

Avoid blood thinners prior to your vasectomy

The most important thing you can do is to avoid blood thinners, including aspirin, ibuprofen and other medicines which can thin the blood and increase your risk of bleeding. We ask that you avoid these medications for at least seven days prior to your procedure. This includes the use of Plavix or other blood thinners for atrial fibrillation if prescribed by your doctor.

Shaving before your vasectomy

The purpose of shaving the scrotum is to avoid hair that could be caught up in the incision and make it easier for us. Soaping up the scrotum well and then shaving the area underneath the penis on either side of the scrotum is going to go a long way to making the experience the best that it can be. If you fail to shave yourself, then I’ll be forced to do it.

Mental preparedness is an important part of your vasectomy prep

Beyond physical preparation, there might be a little mental preparation. After all, this is a pretty important part of your body, that you’ve spent a long time keeping knives and sharp instruments away from. I would say that the most important thing you can do is to make sure is to make sure that you and your partner have discussed this procedure thoroughly and are comfortable with proceeding.

In our office, some patients will have the procedure done even if they don’t have children. But, most have had children and are prepared for this next stage of life. If you have any questions about that, you may want to call our office and inquire about sperm preservation, which can be done, thus avoiding the need for a vasectomy reversal or other procedure in the future.

If you are ready to move forward with a vasectomy consultation, or have additional questions, you can contact our office and schedule an appointment.