Consider the multiple visits many other physicians require in order to get a vasectomy:
Schedule first preoperative appointment
Schedule second appointment for vasectomy (if you even go back)
Schedule third appointment for a follow-up visit
Schedule fourth appointment for the after vasectomy semen sample testing
Additionally, because both of our physicians are leading experts in vasectomy and perform the most vasectomies in the province of BC, you can rest assured that your vasectomy with us will be safe and fast; in fact, the procedure is usually completed in less than 10 minutes and most men are in and out of the office in less than 45 minutes from the time they arrive.
Our doctors also use a no-scalpel vasectomy technique where instead of making two incisions with a scalpel, a single puncture that is minimally invasive just a few millimetres in size at the base of the penis or scrotum and spread open gently to access both vas deferens.
We also offer a safer and improved method of anesthesia called no-needle anesthesia, which eliminates the need for freezing the scrotum with a needle which causes a higher risk of injury to a blood vessel. Instead, a special spray applicator that uses air pressure is employed so that no sharp object enters the scrotum. This method is quicker, safer, less anxiety-provoking and more comfortable for patients.
Open-Ended Vasectomy Technique: Less Pain, More Reversible
Our doctors perform an “open-ended” vasectomy technique, where the vas from the lower end of the tube is left open (uncauterized), while the upper end of the tube leading to the penis is cauterized. Historically, the lower end was closed off with cautery during a vasectomy because many providers were worried leaving the lower end open would cause more complications or failures. Instead, when the bottom end of the vas deferens is allowed to remain open, complications and failures are not increased. In fact, there appears to be less chance of post vasectomy pain and a higher chance of successful vasectomy reversal in the future.
Specifically, when the lower end of a vasectomy is closed off, some patients experience build up pressure in the lower end and this pressure can cause swelling and inflammation in the epididymis, especially in the first 2 weeks. With an open ended approach, sperm is allowed to “leak out” and eventually forms a small granuloma at the opening that serves as a metabolically active “recycling” centre that decompresses the epididymis. This constant recycling and removal of sperm may relieve pressure build up downstream, reduce damage, and increase vasectomy reversal success.
Not all vasectomists around the world perform this technique and prefer to cauterize both ends to ensure a successful vasectomy. At Pollock Clinics, our doctors are able to maintain a high success rate while also offering the potential benefits of an open-ended vasectomy.
Fascial Interposition: Adding Reassurance
Our doctors also carry out what many studies describe as a crucial step, called fascial interposition. This step involves securing a sheath of healthy tissue between the divided ends to create a physical barrier between the two cut ends. We accomplish this using a dissolvable suture so that no foreign bodies such as metal clips are left in your scrotum.
Semen Testing: Professional Labs All Over BC
No matter where you are traveling from, we conduct our semen analysis using only professional and accredited labs through Lifelabs. Locations are available throughout British Columbia (scroll down the document for locations). This ensures that your semen samples are put through the strictest standards of testing to provide the highest confidence in your results.