I created this website to inform potential vasectomy patients of the risks of post-vasectomy pain and to provide resources for patients with pain after vasectomy.
I am a physician and board certified psychiatrist. My internship in OB/GYN provided experience in providing informed consent prior to surgical procedures. I was frequently involved in decision making with patients prior to surgery. I believe any quantifiable risk with large impact needs to be shared with patients prior to procedures. My current practice in psychiatry allows me to see patients with chronic pain and treat the tragic affects of chronic pain on mood, function, and quality of life.
Another article with medical references about testicular fibrosis (scarring and damage) after vasectomy can be seen by clicking here.
In my spare time I provide lectures to senior citizens groups, the local University, and non-profit groups on Alzheimer's Disease, Geriatric Depression, and the affects of exercise on brain aging and functional longevity.
I hope you found the information on this site useful. If you read the whole site and all of the links, it would take several hours, but it would likely answer any question you had about post-vasectomy pain, its incidence, and its consequences.
A. Ellis, MD
I know there are those out there that have had a vasectomy and did not have chronic pain, sexual problems, or regrets. Over 70% of men have none of these issues. In fact, some surveys list 90% satisfaction rates. This site is for the smaller group who developed problems or reach others before they decide to make sure their eyes are open prior to the procedure.
Vasectomy is an elective procedure that leaves 15% of patients with chronic genital pain. In addition, there are several studies in the medical literature linking vasectomy to testicular fibrosis, essentially permanent damage. This information should be made available to vasectomy candidates before their procedure and should require the signing of a chronic pain disclaimer as part of the pre-operative counseling for vasectomy.