Should You Choose to Have Vasectomy in a Hospital or Outpatient Office?

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is an experienced vasectomy specialist who performs no-scalpel vasectomy with minimal discomfort for adult men who do not desire children and seek an effective permanent contraceptive option.

Hospital Vasectomy versus Office No-Scalpel Vasectomy.

Men have a choice to see a urologist associated with a hospital or to see an office-based urologist.  New York Urology Specialists is an office-based practice.

Hospital-based urologists will usually perform the vasectomy in a hospital, usually in an operating room under anesthesia

When you see a urologist who is office-based, a urologist is more likely to perform vasectomies in the office usually using no-scalpel, no-needle approach under local anesthesia.

Here a few things that need to be considered:

 vasectomyInfection risks.

Hospitals tend to have very sick patients, and many have infections. As a result, there is a higher risk of infectious complications in hospital-based surgeries due to the fact that most patients are much sicker and have more infections than the usually healthy men who undergo a vasectomy.

Risk of infectious complications in men undergoing vasectomy is likely to be higher if the procedure is performed in a hospital than if it is performed in an outpatient setting where the baseline risk of infection is very low.

Cost of Vasectomy, Facility, Anesthesia and Nursing Care.

Another consideration is cost.  Usually, hospital-based physicians are more expensive because they tend to treat emergencies; hospital facility fees tend to be high and anesthesia and operating room tend to cost 2-3 times higher than equivalent costs in an outpatient office or at a surgical center.

No-scalpel Vasectomy Experience.

An important consideration that should be taken into account by men looking for a vasectomy specialist is how many no-scalpel vasectomy procedures has a physician performed.  Most hospital-based physicians treat emergencies in the operating room that arrive through the emergency room.  As a result, they are more likely to see acute medical problems and less likely to see patients for an elective procedure such as vasectomies.

Hospital-based urologists may be less experienced in doing no-scalpel vasectomy procedures in the office settings and are more comfortable performing traditional vasectomies in the operating room under anesthesia

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