Vasectomy Specialists

Greater Hartford Urology Group

Urologists located in Hartford, Glastonbury & Enfield, CT

Having a vasectomy is one of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing unwanted pregnancies. If you’re considering a vasectomy, expert urologists at Greater Hartford Urology Group can help. Our team are experts in men’s health and specializes in performing delicate surgeries and procedures like vasectomies using the most up to date, advanced approaches. Call one of the offices in Hartford, Enfield, or Glastonbury, Connecticut, today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Vasectomy Q & A

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a procedure that causes male sterilization. It’s a safe and effective method of birth control for men who no longer want to have any more children or who are sure they don’t want children.

Vasectomy has significant advantages over female sterilization. Sterilizing a man is far more straightforward than the surgery a woman has to undergo. That makes it safer as well as simpler, and also more cost-effective. 

Your doctor can carry out your vasectomy on an outpatient basis, and there’s less risk of complications after the operation than there is with female sterilization.

How is a vasectomy carried out?

Your doctor carries out your vasectomy under local anesthesia. When the area is numb, they will feel under the skin on your scrotum for the vas deferens. This is the tube that transports sperm from your testicles.

Once they find the vas deferens, they will then make a small hole in the skin using a special instrument and stretch the hole to get access to the vas deferens so he can cut it and tie off the ends. Tying the ends stops sperm from leaving your testicles and mixing in with your semen when you ejaculate.

You might need stitches, but not everyone does. You have a dressing over the area to keep it clean, which you should replace if it gets dirty.

You shouldn’t find the procedure uncomfortable; in fact, the most you’re likely to feel is a mild tugging sensation. You might experience some discomfort later on, and develop a little swelling and bruising. You can take over-the-counter pain medication and use an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas to keep the swelling down.

After three days, any symptoms should be gone, and you can start getting back to normal. Bear in mind that it takes a while to clear any sperm that may be in your system already, so you should continue to use other forms of contraception, to begin with.

How effective is a vasectomy?

Vasectomies are very effective, but unless you don’t have sex at all, no birth control method is 100% reliable. It’s possible for sperm to bridge the gap between the tied ends of the vas deferens in rare cases, but in general, the failure rate for vasectomies is impressively low. It’s certainly the safest method of contraception available.

You need to give semen samples at intervals after your vasectomy, so your doctor can tell that there are no sperm getting through. If he does see sperm in the sample at any time, he would repeat the vasectomy procedure, but nationwide, this only happens once for every thousand patients.

Find out more about having a vasectomy or schedule a consultation by calling Greater Hartford Urology Group today or book an appointment online.

Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide System

We are pleased to offer this proven relief option for our patients.

What is Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide System?

The Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide Delivery System empowers you to safely control your pain relife during any medical procedure.

The fixed mixture of 50% Nitrous Oxide (N2O) and 50% Oxygen (O2) uses a specially designed on-demand valve that only delivers the medical gaes when you inhale. You manage when to use it and for how long while still being able to recognize and respond on your own terms.

How does Pro-Nox work?

The equipment is calibrated to ensure a perfect 50/50 blend delivered with each breath. Inhale while holdin your own mouthpiece or mask. Keep the mouthpiece or mask up to your face, or nearby, as directed by your provider. Breathing in and out will help relieve pain and anxiety.

Does Pro-Nox have side effects?

Some patients report nauseam but taking a few deep breaths without the mouthpiece or mask to your mouth will eliminate this feeling. Speak to your provider about any conntradictions.

Do I breathe from the Pro-Nox during the entire procedure?

No, breathe from the system as you need it for relief or as directed by your provider.

Are there any special preparations to use the Pro-Nox?

No, there is nothing you need to do prior to, or in prepartion of, using the system.

Can I drive myself home after the procedure?

Yes, unless directed othewise by your provider. The N2O effects subside in a feww minutes of breathing without the mouthpiece or mask.

Is Nitrous Oxide safe?

The 50/50 mix of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen has been used around the world for decades. Studies have shown that it is non-addictive and even decreases the need for other pain medication, like pills.

This pain management alternative has been used in a variety of facilities including aesthetics, labor and delivery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, urology, dermatology, hospitals and surgery centers.