If you and your partner have decided that you do not want any more children, you may be considering a vasectomy. If so, you are definitely not alone. About 600,000 men get vasectomies every year in the United States. And even though you may have questions about the techniques, safety, success rate, reversal, pain or side effects of the procedure, it is also important to consider the cost of a vasectomy.How much does a vasectomy cost? Across the United States, prices vary from one clinic or surgeon to another, ranging between $300 and $3,000 in many urology clinics, or as high as $4,000 to $5,000 in others. Follow-up analysis of semen for the presence of sperm may also cost an extra $75 per visit, though some practices include this fee in their overall package price.
Factors that determine the cost of a vasectomy include:
Where you live – Your residential area or city determines which hospitals and urologists are available. Some areas generally have higher prices than others.
Your personal health status – You will have additional expenses if there are pre-existing health problems.
The technique used for the vasectomy – Various surgical procedures have different degrees of complexity and therefore different costs.
Risks of the procedure – You may have unexpected or additional costs if any emergencies occur during the procedure.
Your health insurance plan – Depending on whether the urologist is in network or out-of-network, your co-insurance, deductible and co-pay amounts will vary, affecting your out-of-pocket payments.
Vasectomies in the United States are evenly divided between providers offering the traditional procedure versus the no-needle, non-scalpel procedure. Typically, the traditional incision vasectomies take 20-30 minutes to perform while non-incision techniques take less time. The recovery time is the same for the traditional and non-incision non-scalpel technique, which is 1 or 2 days of rest followed by a week of no strenuous exercise or work. Pregnancy is still possible after a vasectomy and you are expected to get follow-up sperm counts to confirm complete sterility. Using another form of contraception, such as condoms, is recommended for 2-4 months (12-24 ejaculations) while the presence of sperm in semen is still being monitored.
Cost of Vasectomy Reversal Surgery
While vasectomies are considered permanent, a change in circumstances may call for a reversal. Reverse vasectomy, also called Vasovasostomy, means reconnecting the tubes (vas deferens) that were cut during a vasectomy. Vasectomy reversal surgery has a success rate of 85%-98%, but the procedure is not inexpensive, costing at least $4,900 compared to the lowest vasectomy cost of $300.
At St Pete Urology, we understand that cost is not the only consideration when selecting a urologist for your vasectomy procedure. Therefore, we strive to provide competitive rates for all our procedures without compromising the quality of our health care. We offer many treatment options and we are committed to making the procedure as quick and comfortable as possible. For more information about our medical services and rates, visit St Pete Urology in St Peetersburg, Florida.