A vasectomy is a simple medical procedure that can take as short as 15-30 minutes in a doctor’s clinic. It requires only local anesthesia and rarely develops into complications. However, when scrotal examination is hard to perform, or if the patient is dealing with anxiety, the doctor may decide to use sedation. The procedure has to be conducted by a board-certified urologic surgeon, or simply urologist.
When looking for a qualified surgeon for your vasectomy, here are essential considerations to make:
If you have insurance coverage, ask your insurer for a list of surgeons who are part of their network. Most companies do cover vasectomies, so it should be easy to do this.
Your Family Physician
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.
Though you don’t need to have your vasectomy in a hospital, urologists who perform them usually divide their schedules between hospitals and clinics, which means hospital administrators can also give you a list of those they work with.
People Around You
Sometimes, you just have to come up to a male friend or relative who has undergone vasectomy or vasectomy reversal, and you will 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 coming up with a list of urologists who can perform your vasectomy, research each of their backgrounds. 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 the surgeon’s level of experience, you can contact state or local medical 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 look into 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?
Remember as well that effective communication is at the core of optimal healthcare, so be sure to pick a doctor who is easy to communicate with.
Finally, the intangible matters. 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? Though seemingly trivial, these things are nevertheless important in choosing the right urologist.