everything you need to know about anesthesia

Everything You Need To Know About Anesthesia

So, what happens during the procedure?
Let’s be honest, how many of us watch a pimple-popping video, operation or videos explaining medical procedures that really have no relevance to us? But we watch it anyway. We are all curious by nature and know the ins and outs of the more “taboo” things in life. So, here at Dr Snip, we are here to share the ins and outs of vasectomies for both people considering the procedure and others that are simply curious. So let us shed some light on what goes on during a vasectomy procedure.
I know that the idea of being awake during the procedure might make some of you feel a little uneasy, but fear not! Being awake is absolutely fine, and, in fact, it’s the more cost-effective, quick and painless option. At Dr Snip, we use our scalpel-free technique to ensure your comfort and the best possible outcomes. So, let’s dive in and explore what happens during a vasectomy.
Breaking down the vasectomy
First things first, let’s define a vasectomy. A vasectomy is the name given to the operation which makes men infertile by producing a block to sperm movement from the testes (testicles) and is the safest and most efficient form of permanent contraception currently available. Immature sperm are produced in both testes and travel up in a tube called the vas deferens (plural=vasa) on each side to a sponge-like storage area near the seminal vesicle at the back of the bladder, where they are stored and mature prior to release.

Now on to the nutty gritty (see what we did there) – okay, back to it, let’s get into the procedure. At Dr Snip, the procedure is simple, seamless, virtually pain-free and over in 5-15 min – and patients can drive themselves home! We apply a local anaesthetic to the vasa using a very fine needle that limits pain and has no injections into the testes. We make a single opening 2-4mm in size, which will close rapidly and heal without the need for stitches using our signature ‘no scalpel’ microKeyhole™ method.

Anesthesia options for vasectomy
Now, let’s talk about anesthesia. Technically, there are different options available for vasectomy procedures, but the most common approach is local anesthesia. With local anesthesia, you’ll be awake during the procedure, but the treatment area will be numbed, ensuring you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. This is the option we use and is highly recommended. Undergoing general anesthesia for a 10-15 minute procedure would drastically increase the price and risk of complications and is deemed as unwarranted for a procedure this swift and painless.
Local anesthesia: Being awake during the procedure
Being awake during a vasectomy might sound intimidating, but it’s actually a straightforward and well-tolerated experience for most individuals. The procedure typically begins with the application of a local anesthetic to the scrotum and surrounding areas. This numbs the region, ensuring that you don’t feel any pain or significant discomfort during the surgery.
What to expect
During the procedure, you’ll be able to engage in conversation with the doctor and the medical team. You may feel some tugging or pressure sensations, but rest assured, it’s not painful. Many patients find the experience to be far less uncomfortable than they anticipated. If you have any concerns or experience discomfort, the medical team is there to address them and ensure your well-being. Remember, every individual’s experience may vary slightly, but rest assured that being awake during a vasectomy is a well-tolerated and safe option for most individuals.
Aftercare
After the vasectomy procedure, you’ll be provided with detailed instructions on post-procedure care. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully to facilitate proper healing and minimise any potential discomfort. Most men experience mild soreness or discomfort in the days following the procedure, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
The overview

Even with our experience and recommendations, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to any question. Vasectomies are a personal choice, so you have to be comfortable with the entire process. It’s important to have open conversations, gather information, ask all the questions and consult with your medical provider to make an informed decision tailored to you.

At Dr Snip, we specialise in providing safe, affordable, pain-free and effective vasectomy procedures for people of all ages. With our scalpel-free technique, experienced doctors, and multiple clinic locations across Australia, we strive to make the process as convenient and comfortable as possible. So, pick the Snip and speak to us today.

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