Dr. Joseph Banno is the Leading Trusted Provider of Vasectomies in Central Illinois

Vasectomy

Dr. Banno and Midwest Urological Group is the leading provider of vasectomies in Central Illinois, including, Peoria, Bloomington, Chicago, and more.  We have been successfully providing this form of birth control to men for over 35 years. 

Dr. Banno performs most of the vasectomy procedures in an office setting with local anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about 15 minutes. Our patients’ appointment times are routinely on Fridays and Saturdays for the convenience of our patients. Please contact our office if you are interested in scheduling your vasectomy. Our office number is 309-692-9898. 

What is Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a minor surgery to block sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. Semen still exists, but it has no sperm in it. After a vasectomy the testes still make sperm, but they are soaked up by the body. Each year, more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy for birth control. A vasectomy prevents pregnancy better than any other method of birth control, except abstinence. Only 1 to 2 women out of 1,000 will get pregnant in the year after their partners have had a vasectomy.

Vasectomy Procedure: 1 or 2 small cuts are made in the skin of the scrotum to reach the vas deferens. The vas deferens is cut and a small piece may be removed, leaving a short gap between the 2 ends. Next,  Dr. Banno will sear the ends of the vas, and then tie the cut ends with a suture. These steps are then repeated on the other vas, either through the same cut or through a new one. The scrotal cuts may be closed with dissolvable stitches.

What are the Risks?

Right after surgery, there’s a small risk of bleeding into the scrotum. If you notice that your scrotum has gotten much bigger or you’re in pain, call our office at once. If you have a fever, or your scrotum is red or sore, you should have your urologist check for infection. There is a small risk of post-vasectomy pain syndrome. Post-vasectomy pain syndrome is a steady pain that can follow a vasectomy. It isn’t clear what causes this, but it’s most often treated with anti-swelling meds. Sometimes men will choose to have the vasectomy undone to try to stop the pain. Having the vasectomy undone doesn’t always solve the problem.

Studies show men who’ve had a vasectomy aren’t at a higher risk for heart disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, or other health problems.

After Treatment

You may be uncomfortable after your vasectomy. You may need mild pain meds to take care of any pain. Severe pain may suggest infection or other problems, and you should see us. You may have mild pain like what you’d feel like several minutes after getting hit “down there.” A benign lump (granuloma) may form from sperm leaking from the cut end of the vas into the scrotal tissues. It may be painful or sensitive to touch or pressure, but it isn’t harmful. This usually gets better with time.

We will provide you instructions for care after a vasectomy.

You should go home right away after the procedure. You should avoid sex or activities that take a lot of strength. Swelling and pain can be treated with an ice pack on the scrotum and wearing a supportive undergarment, such as a jockstrap. Most men heal fully in less than a week. Many men are able to return to their job as early as the next day.

Sex can often be resumed within a week after the vasectomy. But it’s important to know that a vasectomy doesn’t work right away. After the vasectomy, new sperm won’t be able to get into the semen, but there will still be lots of sperm “in the pipeline” that takes time to clear. You will have to follow up with us for semen analysis to check for sperm in your ejaculate. During this time, you should use other forms of birth control.

The time it takes for your ejaculate to be free of sperm can differ. One in 5 men will still have sperm in their ejaculate at that time, and will need to wait longer for the sperm to clear. You shouldn’t assume that your vasectomy is effective until a semen analysis proves it is.

Please call our office today to schedule a vasectomy at (309) 692-9898.