Is a vasectomy painful?

My partner and I are done having children, so I've been considering having a vasectomy. Is it a painful procedure? What can I expect?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (3)


Answered by Jeanette M. Potts, MD

It is not intended to a painful procedure. There is certainly some discomfort and stinging with local anesthetic injection/application. Some men perceive pressure or brief pulling sensations. However, if there is "Pain," this means that the anesthetic block was incomplete, the anatomy is not allowing for gentle manipulation or traction of the spermatic cord, or very rarely, local anesthetic is ineffective and the procedure should be done under general abesthesia.

Published on Jul 04, 2016

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Answered by Jeanette M. Potts, MD

It is not intended to a painful procedure. There is certainly some discomfort and stinging with local anesthetic injection/application. Some men perceive pressure or brief pulling sensations. However, if there is "Pain," this means that the anesthetic block was incomplete, the anatomy is not allowing for gentle manipulation or traction of the spermatic cord, or very rarely, local anesthetic is ineffective and the procedure should be done under general abesthesia.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

The experience of the surgeon is the most important factor. Seek a urologist who performs a no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) and has done many of them (at least a dozen per year). The NSV is associated which much less discomfort and complication in the hands of an expert.

Published on Apr 07, 2015

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Answered by Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

The experience of the surgeon is the most important factor. Seek a urologist who performs a no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) and has done many of them (at least a dozen per year). The NSV is associated which much less discomfort and complication in the hands of an expert.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Jacob Zamstein, MD

Most patients experience minimal discomfort, if any. Before deciding to have the procedure, set up a consultation with a urologist. He or she can sit down with you and answer any questions you have, including how the procedure is performed and what to expect during and after.

Published on Mar 27, 2015

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Answered by Jacob Zamstein, MD

Most patients experience minimal discomfort, if any. Before deciding to have the procedure, set up a consultation with a urologist. He or she can sit down with you and answer any questions you have, including how the procedure is performed and what to expect during and after.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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