Vasectomy is a medical procedure that can take no longer than 15 to 30 minutes in the clinic of any qualified doctor. It only requires local anesthetic and usually has zero complications. However, in cases where the patient has anxiety or scrotal examination is difficult to perform, the procedure may also be done under sedation. Only a board-certified urologist, also known as a urologic surgeon, should conduct the proced ure.
When looking for a qualified surgeon for your vasectomy, here are essential considerations to make:
If you have insurance coverage, ask your insurer for a list of surgeons who are part of their network. Most companies do cover vasectomies, so it should be easy to do this.
Your Family Physician
Primary care or family doctors regularly refer patients to specialists and should have no problem giving you a list of qualified surgeons in your area.
It’s not necessary to have your vasectomy in a hospital, but because urologists often split their schedules between clinics and hospitals, hospital administrators can also provide a list of those surgeons they work with.
Relatives and Friends
Sometimes, you just have to come up to a male friend or relative who has undergone vasectomy or vasectomy reversal, and you will get a referral. This route will even let you ask deeper questions so you can get a closer look at the procedure and what you should expect.
After making your list of prospective surgeons, learn more about each of them. You can learn from medical directories, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties, whether a certain doctor is board-certified and licensed to practice in your state.
On the other hand, state or local societies can tell you more about a doctor’s level of experience. These organizations can give you details as to the doctor’s length of practice, and even how many vasectomies or reverse vasectomies they have conducted. And don’t forget look into the surgeon’s hospital appointments, These are generally offered to surgeons who are exceptionally qualified in their area of specialization.
While credentials and experience will always be vital, some practical concerns should also be considered. For instance, how convenient is the hospital’s or clinic’s location to you? What about the doctor’s office hours?
Remember as well that effective communication is at the core of optimal healthcare, so be sure to pick a doctor who is easy to communicate with.
Finally, the intangible matters. How does the doctor or his or her staff treat you on the phone?Is the office clean and organized? What is the general vibe that you get when you come for an appointment? While they seem to be minor issues, they are nonetheless important if you want to end up with the right urologist to perform your vasectomy.