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"Is a vasectomy considered a microsurgery?"
Will it hurt?
A vasectomy is considered microsurgery. Microsurgery is a generic term used to describe any operation that involves the use of an operating microscope. It does not necessarily mean that a surgery is smaller than another and it does not specify the size of the incision. In the case of a vasectomy, the surgeon uses two small incisions to cut the vas deferens to prevent sperm from getting into the semen. The vas deferens is the tube that connects the testicles to the urethra (tube that exits the penis). The surgery is done under local anesthesia. This means that the person being operated on is not completely put to sleep. The doctor will use a generous amount of local numbing medication which will make the procedure as comfortable as possible. You should feel very little pain. As the numbing medication wears off, then you will likely start to feel some discomfort in the area. Some mild pain medication will help. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your urologist that will perform the vasectomy. He or she can explain the procedure in detail and let you know what your expected recovery time is. In most cases, you will be sore for a few days while the incisions heal. Good luck.
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