FAQ


 

What is the success rate on the vasectomy?

Success rates of vasectomies are generally very high, over 99.9%. After a vasectomy, there is still sperm swimming through the vas deferens which need to be flushed out via ejaculation. During the eight to 12 week post-procedure time period, it is important to use backup contraception to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Please read further in our vasectomy section about post-procedure instructions.

 

 

How long is the healing process for a vasectomy?

Typically, there will be some discomfort on the day of the vasectomy, which will slowly resolve within the next two to three days. We advise wearing scrotal support (boxer briefs, compression shorts, etc.) for one week, as well as refraining from exercise and intercourse for a week. This speeds up the recovery process. The stitches usually fall off in one week, and the scar from the incisions fades away over time. Within one month, the scrotal skin will look like it did before the procedure.

 

How long has Dr. Rahul Mehan been performing vasectomies?

Dr. Mehan has been performing vasectomies for over a decade, with several thousand administered.

 

 

Does Dr. Mehan see female patients?

Yes, Dr. Mehan does see female patients for urological issues such as urinary incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, kidney stones, bladder cancer, and kidney cancer.


Does Dr. Mehan do penile implants?

Dr. Mehan does perform penile prosthesis implantation.


Does Dr. Mehan treat hernias?

Dr. Mehan does not typically treat hernias. If an inguinal hernia is suspected, we will gladly refer you to a general surgeon that we recommend.


Do you accept my insurance?

We accept most major insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, United, and Medicare. Please call the office to ask if we accept your individual insurance.


When can I resume having intercourse following a vasectomy?

We recommend waiting one week to have intercourse. This allows proper time for recovery and healing.


How much does a vasectomy cost?

Vasectomies are partially or fully covered by most insurance policies depending on your insurance plan. As a courtesy, we will call your insurance company and provide you with an estimate of what your out-of-pocket expense will be. We also offer a low self-pay discount to allow those who are not covered by insurance an affordable choice for contraception. Give us a call and we’ll assist you in getting the information you need.


How long does the urodynamics test take?

The test usually takes about 20-30 minutes.


Is the urodynamics test going to hurt/be uncomfortable?

Overall, the urodynamics test should not be painful, although there are times during the test where the patient might experience some mild discomfort. Our team is very thorough in explaining each step of what they are doing. We are mindful of the fact that each patient is different, and may react differently to the procedure.


How long does my catheter have to stay in after my surgery?

This depends on the type of surgery you had done, as well as if there were any complications, bleeding, etc. For transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) procedures, catheters are typically placed for two to seven days. For prostatectomies (prostate removal), catheters are placed for seven to 10 days. This length of time may vary and is at the provider’s discretion.


Cost of oral erectile dysfunction meds?

Oral erectile dysfunction medications will usually cost around $43 per pill if you are paying out-of-pocket and buying them from a retail pharmacy. Insurance may sometimes cover a portion of this depending on your plan. Be sure to go on the specific medication’s website to check for any coupons or specials they might be offering.

To help combat this outrageous cost, you can buy generic ViagraⓇ and CialisⓇ directly from our practice. We are able to provide sublingual medications at a fraction of the cost. The charge per Viagra 100mg or Cialis 20mg is just $5.


What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Pelvic floor physical therapy or biofeedback therapy is a special type of physical therapy. This may be beneficial for patients with urinary problems, including incontinence, incomplete emptying, and groin pain. With comprehensive baseline testing, the therapist will target your pelvic floor muscles to see how well you are contracting and relaxing those muscles, as well as urinary sphincters.


How long will my medication take to work?

Medications all have a different course of time that they take to become fully effective. Antibiotics are usually prescribed for a short period of time, and should work relatively quickly within a few days/weeks. Other medications such as those for low testosterone or prostate enlargement may take up to weeks or months for you to notice the full effect. Depending on your diagnosis and treatment selected specifically for you, we will review in detail what to expect from each medication.


What causes prostatitis?

The cause of prostatitis, infection or inflammation of the prostate, is generally unknown. Since the prostate sits between the rectum and the bladder, two areas where bacteria may be present, there could be a possible transference of bacteria to the prostate. It may also depend on the anatomy of each individual prostate. Certain prostates may develop calcifications which harbor bacteria.