A Doctor's Note to Watch Basketball

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Schedule a vasectomy with Dr. Brian Le at UnityPoint Health - Meriter

In need of an excuse to stay home and watch basketball during March Madness? For families done having children, a vasectomy could be a prescription for college hoops. 

“After a vasectomy, men typically need two to three days of rest and ice,” said Dr. Brian Le, urologist at the UnityPoint Health – Meriter – McKee Clinic. “It’s the perfect opportunity to spend the day on the couch recovering and watching basketball.” 

While nothing can’t prevent the pain of watching your team lose on a buzzer beater, a local anesthetic is used to prevent discomfort during a vasectomy, which is usually a simple 20 minute clinic procedure. And, since prevention of swelling is key to a speedy recovery, all patients at Meriter who schedule a vasectomy in March will get a basketball shaped cooling pack to take home. 

Within two weeks, men are typically fully recovered with the only vas deferens [sic] being peace of mind due to reliable contraception. That’s because, unlike your odds of a perfect bracket, a vasectomy is typically 99.9 percent effective. 

Men interested in a vasectomy should contact their primary care doctor or call the McKee Clinic at (608) 417-8800 to discuss options.