A vasectomy is a simple office procedure for men who wish to be sterile so other contraception methods do not need to be used.

During a vasectomy, the skin is anesthetized with a local anesthetic and then one or two tiny incisions are made in the scrotum. The vas, which is the tube that carries sperm from the testicle toward the penis, is isolated, cut, and tied off and the ends are then placed back into the scrotum. The skin is then closed with a simple dissolvable suture.

After a vasectomy, normal contraceptive measures must still be utilized until a semen analysis is performed showing no sperm present which is usually at 4-6 weeks after the procedure.