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A vasectomy is a surgery that makes a man unable to make a woman pregnant. This is done by blocking the tubes through which sperm normally pass on their way from the testes to the penis. These tubes are called the vas deferens.
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A vasectomy is done as permanent birth control. This option is for men who are sure they will not want to father a child in the future. Surgery to reverse the procedure is not always successful.
If you are planning to have a vasectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:
- Chronic pain in and around the testes
- Sperm granuloma (lumps due to immune system response to sperm leaking from the reproductive organs)
- Ability to still make a woman pregnant
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Local infections
- Bleeding disorders
- Prior surgery in that area
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site