Vasectomy - Puyallup Surgical Consultants
standard-title Vasectomy Each year, more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy as permanent birth control.


Each year, more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy as permanent birth control.

Vasectomy Specialist

Going to the doctor can be intimidating. Going to the urologist, even more so. But from the moment you meet our specialists your apprehension will begin to dissipate. Our confidential approach to discussing vasectomies, and most importantly, solutions to your situation will immediately put your mind at ease.


Urology Suite 2101519 3rd St. S. E. Puyallup, Wa 98372

Call: (253) 840-4994

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The Procedure

The urology surgeons at Puyallup Surgical Consultants can perform a vasectomy in the clinic or if necessary in our state of the art Puyallup Ambulatory Surgical Center. Vasectomy is a minor surgery that should take about 15 to 30 minutes. 

Before the vasectomy, your scrotum will be shaved and cleaned. Usually local anesthesia is used. So you will be awake but should not feel any pain. Some patients may also be given medicine to reduce anxiety. With a standard vasectomy, the urologist makes one or two small cuts in the scrotum. One vas deferens tube is cut and tied or sealed with heat. The tube is replaced inside the scrotum. The procedure is then repeated on the other side. Lastly, the skin is closed with stitches that dissolve and do not have to be removed.

No-Scalpel, No-Needle Vasectomy Option

Another popular option available at Puyallup Surgical Consultants is a no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy. After the skin is numbed without a needle, a very small single pinpoint opening is made in the midline of the scrotum. Through this a small grasping forceps is passed to reach each vas deferens. Each vas is then cut and cauterized which essentially welds each end closed. This is usually done without the use of sutures, stitches or other foreign bodies.

Common Questions About Vasectomies 

 How Will a Vasectomy Affect Me?

The prostate and seminal vesicles continue to produce fluids that are ejaculated. In fact, the amount of fluid ejaculated decreases only about 5% after a vasectomy. In terms of sexual performance, vasectomy has no negative effects – erection and male hormone levels remain the same.

 What Are the Benefits of a Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a permanent means of birth control. You may find that the freedom from fear of producing an unwanted child improves the enjoyment of sex for both you and your partner. If you or your partner has a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as gonorrhea or HIV, a vasectomy will not prevent you from being infected.

 Are There Any Complications?

There are no known long-term complications after a vasectomy. About 60%-70% of men develop antisperm antibodies in their blood, which is a harmless allergy to your own sperm. There is no evidence that these antibodies have a major effect on other organ systems.

 Will I Miss Any Days at Work?

Most men return to work after 2 days. Some men choose to recuperate over a weekend so they don’t miss any work. Your doctor will tell you to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for the first 3 days after your vasectomy.

 How Will I Feel After the Procedure?

The most common side effects of vasectomy are minor bleeding (enough to stain the bandage), some discomfort, and mild swelling in the area of the incision. These are not unusual and should stop within 72 hours. Occasionally, the skin of the scrotum and base of the penis can turn black and blue. This lasts only a few days, and will disappear without treatment.

The most commonly reported complication is mild discomfort in the testicles that usually improves with medication, warm soaks, and by elevating the scrotum. Infrequently, a patient may experience pain around the testicles up to 20 years after the vasectomy. This is a harmless reaction and usually responds to heat and medication.

 When Will I Be Able to Resume Normal Sexual Activity?

You should postpone sexual activity for 72 hours. Unprotected intercourse should not take place until sterility is assured, so continue to use some form of birth control.

Our Vasectomy Specialist

Dr Lamberton-500

Subspecialty Interest

  • Urological Care
  • Kidney Stones
  • Testicular Concerns
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
  • Bladder cancer
  • Blood in urine
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Sexual dysfunction

Professional Affiliations

  • American Urological Association
  • Endourological Society

Personal Interests

  • Snowboarding
  • Running
  • Hiking

Dr. Lamberton is a urologist specializing in all aspects of urological care, including kidney stones, testicular concerns, prostate cancer, robotic-assisted surgery, bladder cancer, blood in urine, laparoscopic surgery and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lamberton received his medical training and completed an internship and residency at Loma Linda University. He is a member of the American Urological Association and Endourological Society. A native of Brewster, Wash., Dr. Lamberton enjoys snowboarding, running and hiking.

Medical School:
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Urology Residency:
Loma Linda University

Dr Lee-500

Subspecialty Interest

  • Kidney Stones
  • Prostate
  • Tumor treatment
  • Robotic-assisted Prostate and Kidney Surgery

Board Certification
American Board of Urology

Professional Affiliations

  • American Urological Association

Personal Interests

  • Biking
  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Dr. Lee is a urologist with training in all aspects of general urology, including kidney stones and tumor treatment, with a special emphasis in robotic-assisted prostate and kidney surgery. Dr. Lee finished his undergraduate training at Northwestern University and received his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He went on to complete his internship and residency in General Surgery and Urology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He then completed a robotics fellowship specializing in kidney, bladder, and prostate surgery in Seattle. He is a member of the American Urological Association. Dr. Lee enjoys biking, backpacking, and hiking.

Undergraduate Education:
Northwestern University

Medical School:
University of Illinois

Urology Residency:
University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago IL

Robotics Fellowship - Seattle, WA

Patient Instructions

Post-Operative Vasectomy Instructions

  1. Minimal Activity for 48 hours, using ice packs at the surgery site (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) along with scrotal support.
  2. For Discomfort, only Tylenol may be taken

  3. Gradually increase activity over the next 48 hours. The sutures used do not need to be removed.

Semen Collection and Evaluation

  1. The cost of the post-vasectomy semen analysis done in our office is included in the surgery fee. If you wish to have it done at a more convenient location, please contact an outside laboratory  or hospital of your choice for this charge.

  2. After 20 ejaculations, collect a semen sample in the sterile container given to you at the time of surgery and bring it to the office so that it can e seen by the doctor for microscopic evaluation BEFORE IT IS ONE HOUR OLD. It cannot be considered a valid sample if it exceeds that holding period.

  3. Please call the office BEFORE you collect the sample to be sure the doctor will be in to evaluate it.  You will not need an appointment, however, only the doctor is qualified to examine the sample, so it is imperative that he be in the office when the sample is brought in.

253.840.4994 | Suite 210 | 1519 3rd St SE Puyallup, WA 98372