Vasectomy is a medical procedure that can take no longer than 15 to 30 minutes in the clinic of any qualified doctor. It only calls for local anesthesia and almost never leads to complications. However, when scrotal examination is hard to perform, or if the patient is dealing with anxiety, the doctor may decide to use sedation. Only a board-certified urologist, also known as a urologic surgeon, should conduct the proced ure.
As you search for a qualified surgeon for your vasectomy, look into the following considerations:
If you have health insurance, ask your carrier for a list of surgeons in their network.If you are insured, ask your provider for a list of surgeons who are in their network. Most companies cover vasectomy and can give you such a list.
Your Primary-Care Physician
Primary care or family doctors typically refer patients to specialists and will have no problem suggesting a number of qualified surgeons within your area.
Although you don’t have to get your vasectomy in a hospital, urologists usually move from hospital to clinic and vice-versa, so hospital admins will surely be able to give you a list of qualified surgeons as well.
Your Social Circle
Sometimes, all you need to do is ask a male friend or relative who performed their vasectomy or vasectomy reversal, and you 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 consult medical directories, such as the American Board of Medical Specialists to know whether the surgeon is board-certified and can practice in your state.
To know the surgeon’s level of experience, you can contact state or local medical societies. These organizations can give you such information as how many years they have practicing as a surgeon, and the number of vasectomies or vasectomy reversals they have performed. And don’t forget to take a look at 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?
Also remember that effective communication is central to optimal healthcare, so make sure you choose a doctor you can easily communicate with.
Finally, the intangibles. How does the doctor or his or her staff treat you on the phone?Is the office clean? What is the general vibe that you get when you come for an appointment? While seemingly small, these things are nonetheless important in choosing a urologist.