A vasectomy is a simple medical procedure that may be performed in a physician’s clinic in as quick as 15 minutes to half an hour. It only calls for local anesthesia and almost never leads to complications. However, in cases where the patient has anxiety or scrotal examination is difficult to perform, the procedure may also be done under sedation. The procedure should only be conducted by a board-certified urologist, who is also known as a urologic surgeon.
While you search for a qualified surgeon who can perform your vasectomy, keep the following in mind:
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 do cover vasectomies, so it should be easy to do this.
Your Family Doctor
Primary care or family doctors refer patients to specialists from time to time and can easily give you names and contact information of qualified local surgeons.
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.
People Around You
Sometimes, to find a good surgeon, all you have to do is ask a friend or relative who has undergone vasectomy or vasectomy reversal. This route will even let you ask deeper questions so you can get a closer look at the procedure and what you should expect.
Once you have a list of prospective doctors who can perform your vasectomy, know more about them. Consult medical directories, like the American Board of Medical Specialties, to know if the doctor is board-certified and allowed to practice in your state.
To know more about the level of experience of the doctor you’re eyeing, you can contact state or local societies. These organizations can provide general information about surgeons in your state, including how long they have been practicing and how many vasectomies or vasectomy reversals they have performed. And don’t forget to check the surgeon’s hospital appointments. These are normally given to surgeons with excellent qualifications in their field 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? How about the doctor’s business 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 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 overall vibe that you get when you’re in it? 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.