New vasectomy speeds healing

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POSTED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 10:45am

UPDATED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 10:49am

A new vasectomy procedure is helping men recover faster.

The procedure, called Pro-Vas, cuts into the recovery time men spend on the couch.

Jason and Kerri Novak decided on the procedure to create permanent sterilization for their family.

"I think once we had the second child, I kind of saw everything my wife went through as far as labor and childbirth and I thought maybe this was my chance to contribute," said Jason Novak. "I'm not nervous at all, so I'm actually anxious and ready for it."

Dr. Carl Olgetree with Houston Metro Urology performs the minimally invasive procedure.

"It's a spring-loaded clip like a plier. We approach the sperm duct, the vas deferens (and with) one forward advancement, the clip is applied and it's pretty straightforward," said Olgetree. "Most guys feel that it wasn't as bad as they thought it was going to be."

The in-office procedure takes 10 minutes or less, or about half the time a traditional vasectomy does.

There's less swelling and faster recovery.

Patients can even return to work the same day.

"That's great because with two small kids at home, it's nice to have both parents able to help out," said Kerri.

It's also believed that because the Pro-Vas procedure is less invasive, a reversal would likely be more successful.

"I know we feel this way now, and I'm certain that we're going to feel this way in the future, but you never know. You never know what might happen," added Kerri.

More than half a million men have vasectomies every year.

Most are covered by insurance.

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