Choosing a surgeon for vasectomy should be done in a systematic manner to ensure you find an individual who has had much experience in performing the procedure. The process of choosing a surgeon for vasectomy can begin by asking your family doctor or urologist for referrals. You also can contact your local hospitals and make inquiries. But don’t stop there.
The Internet makes it possible for you to conduct an in-depth search for vasectomy surgeons in your area and to examine the websites of any potential candidates. For doctors who do not have a website, get their contact information so you can call their office to get more information.
After you have two or three possible candidates, arrange a preliminary visit or consultation. Go to the visit with a list of questions and be sure to bring your partner or spouse along to help with the decision-making process.
Here are some questions to consider when choosing a surgeon for vasectomy.
- What is the doctor’s educational background?
- What is the doctor’s vasectomy success rate?
- How many vasectomies has the doctor performed?
- Has the doctor published any peer-reviewed articles on vasectomy or related topics and/or is the doctor involved in related research?
Did the doctor explain the different types of vasectomy and the two different approaches—scalpel and no-scalpel—so that you fully understand the procedures?
- Did the doctor answer all your questions to your satisfaction?
- Did the doctor take his or her time with you, or did you feel rushed?
- Did the doctor say or do anything that was especially impressive?
- Does the doctor have the bedside manner and personality that make you feel confident in his or her ability to perform the vasectomy?
- What was your spouse’s impression of the doctor?
- Do you have a preference for a male or female surgeon?
- Does the surgeon and/or medical facility accept your insurance?