More men stepping up in family planning responsibilities

Family planning laws across the U.S. are changing and access to reproductive health is becoming more challenging. As a result, Capitol Urology, owned by the most experienced vasectomy surgeon in South Carolina Dr. Thomas B. Edmunds, Jr., has seen a 400% increase in vasectomy appointment requests since the overturn of Roe v. Wade last year. 

“While recent legislation hasn’t changed what we do, it has given a lot of men a sense of urgency to go ahead and get a vasectomy.” said Edmunds. “It’s a simple procedure, and my goal is to continue to advocate for men to step up and take the burden of birth control off their female partners.” 

Dr. Edmunds performs no-scalpel vasectomies in his office as a 15-minute out-patient procedure that is 99.999% effective, permanent birth control. Compare this to sterilization procedures for women that are major surgeries performed in a hospital and are much more expensive.

“A staggering 54% of pregnancies are unplanned, which can lead to relationship strain, financial hardship, serious health challenges for the mother, and more,” said Edmunds. “With fewer options now available to women, we’re seeing men of all ages choose a vasectomy and take responsibility for their part in family planning.”

Dr. Edmunds spends the initial consultation with patients sharing important information about the procedure. He says most men want to know about pain, recovery and if there are any long-term impacts of vasectomy surgery. Edmunds is the most experienced vasectomy surgeon in South Carolina and has performed more than 4,500 procedures using a no-scalpel surgical approach, resulting in a faster recovery and less pain reported from patients. 

“Most patients are shocked at how quick and painless the procedure is,” said Edmunds. “Recovery is three days of rest and a return to normal activity in ten days. My goal is to reassure and comfort patients and take care of them like family members.”

Important vasectomy facts:

  1. Vasectomies should be considered permanent birth control. While reversals are possible, they aren’t always successful and are costly. 
  2. When done by an experienced surgeon, a vasectomy will not impact sexual performance. If anything, intimacy is improved when the stress of an unwanted pregnancy is removed. 
  3. Sterilization is not immediate. It typically takes about 90 days to reach full effectiveness. 

As a solo medical practice, Capitol Urology can schedule patients for an initial consult within days, with the procedure often scheduled the same week. If you’ve made the decision to consider a vasectomy, Dr. Edmunds and his knowledgable staff will treat you like family!

Best No Scalpel Vasectomy Surgery in Columbia, SC

No Scalpel Vasectomy Surgery in Columbia, SC

Gentlemen, let’s face it. The mothers of our children spent 9 months growing and then birthing our children. They’ve done plenty of work.  It’s time for you to step up and get a no-scalpel vasectomy surgery in my office (no extra surgery center fees!).

Having performed over 1800 no scalpel vasectomies as of 2013, I can offer you a 10 minute procedure which is 99.9 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. And after doing 1800, I have to say I’m very comfortable doing them. I would even call myself an expert!  You don’t want a non-surgeon doing this procedure, or a urologist who doesn’t do it all the time. Most of my patients return to work after a weekend of rest and television. I do over 200 a year.

If you would like more information, check out a live surgery on YouTube under bandkampsc, or search for “best vas Edmunds” and it should come up. Please call us if you are considering male sterilization.  We perform the best no scalpel vasectomy surgery in Columbia, SC.

I’ll treat yours like I’d treat mine…Man Up!

Prostate Cancer Screenings at Palmetto Health

Dr. Edmunds was recently on WIS TV explaining the benefits of being screened for prostate cancer, the number two cancer killer in men.  The free Prostate Cancer Screenings at Palmetto Health will be on September 25, 2013.  For more details, watch the video:

Delicate Surgeries Require Skilled Hands and a Keen Eye

Reprinted from Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day

Training, experience, and compassion matter when choosing a doctor for sensitive urological care. Dr. Thomas B. Edmunds of Capitol Urology has performed more than 3,200 advanced surgeries and specializes in minimally invasive procedures such as robotic-assisted prostatectomy. He brings a unique combination of skills to the operating table: “It may not sound important, but I play guitar and piano in a professional band, have been involved in athletics, and have played video games since I was five,” he says. “Those activities have complemented my extensive training in surgery and oncology by further developing the hand-eye coordination necessary for using advanced image-based technologies.”

Personalized Care

Dr. Edmunds’s care goes beyond standard protocol: “I treat patients how I would want to be treated—like family. Sometimes that means giving them my cell phone number. I’m in the top one percent of prostatectomy surgeons in terms of surgeries performed, but I limit the number of patients I see in a day so I can meet with them longer.” Losing a friend to cancer recently reawakened Dr. Edmunds to “the gifts of life,” he says, and bolstered his passion for using his surgical skills to treat urological conditions such as prostate cancer. Despite controversy over prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing to detect cancer, Dr. Edmunds emphasizes that “prostate cancer is very curable if found early, especially in African American men, who are at above-average risk.”

Precise Procedures

Dr. Edmunds often performs prostate surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, which uses high-definition imagery and robotics to nimbly navigate the nerve-packed area around the prostate. “Many men return to normal activity in two weeks, compared to six weeks after traditional open surgery,” Dr. Edmunds says. No-scalpel vasectomies usually take about ten minutes and are performed with local anesthesia. “Patients generally experience no side effects when the procedure is done properly, so it’s important to choose a doctor who has performed a lot of them,” Dr. Edmunds advises. Kidney stones—which affect both men and women—can be treated using sound waves or lasers, depending on the stone’s size and location. “My goal is to provide comprehensive care using the best modalities,” Dr. Edmunds says. “Competency and compassion go hand in hand.”

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Prostate Screening

No-Scalpel Vasectomy

Vasectomy is one of the safest and most effective methods of permanent birth control. It is much safer and less expensive that the other most common contraceptive surgery, tubal ligation. For these reasons some 500,000 men in North America choose vasectomy each year.

Conventional vasectomy blocks the vas deferens, preventing sperm from being added to man’s ejaculation fluid, semen. A local anesthetic is given, and one or two incisions are made in the scrota, with a scalpel. The two vas deferens are revealed, cut and blocked. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

No-Scalpel Vasectomy:

A safer, less invasive procedure, the No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) reduces vasectomy’s already low complication rate. Developed in China in 1974, it differs from conventional vasectomy in how anesthesia is given and in how the two vas deferens (vasa) are reached. Worldwide, more that 15 million men have had the procedure.

No-Scalpel Vasectomy uses and advanced technique to anesthetize the scrotum more effectively. It requires no scalpel. The physician avoids complex surgery by carefully isolating the vas deferens using the fingers of one hand. The vasa are then fixed just below the scrotal skin. A single small opening in the skin is made with a pointed forceps. The vasa are then delivered through the skin, cut, and sealed.

Your Consultation:

We will discuss the procedure in person to determine the suitability of no-scalpel vasectomy for you. Among other things, we will go over your health history as it relates to vasectomy, and you will receive a brief physical examination.

At some point, you and your wife or partner will be required to sign a consent form. It will state that you understand vasectomy and its potential risks and that is not guaranteed to result in permanent sterility.

Prior to signing this form, be sure that you are informed and comfortable with your decision. It is important that you fully discuss and resolve with me any lingering questions or concerns you may have.

Are there potential complications with a Vasectomy?

Yes. All contraceptive methods carry some risk as well as benefits. Vasectomy is a very low risk procedure, but complications are possible.

• Though rare, bleeding (hematoma) and infections are the most common complications of vasectomy. No-Scalpel Vasectomy, the procedure I perform, reduces their likelihood because the blood vessels responsible for bleeding are less likely to be affected and because the opening in the scrotum is so small.

• Another potential risk is failure. Vasectomy is not guaranteed to be 100% effective. Even when the operation is performed perfectly, it is possible in rare cases for sperm to find its way across the void between the two blocked ends of the vas deferens. This situation, called recanalization, highly unusual but does occur.

This is another reason why samples must be taken some 6 to 8 weeks post-vasectomy to verify that your semen contains no sperm. Recanalization usually occurs in the first 2-3 months after vasectomy, but has been known in extremely rare cases to occur even years later.

  • Sperm granuloma, a hard sometimes painful lump about the size of a pea may for, as a result of sperm leaking from the cut vas deferens. The lump is not dangerous and is almost always resolved by the body in time. Scrotal support and mild pain relievers are usually all that are needed for symptoms, though I may suggest other treatment.
  • Congestion, a sense of pressure caused by sperm in the testes, epididymis, and lower vas deferens, may cause discomfort some 2 to 12 weeks after vasectomy. Like granuloma, congestion usually resolves itself in time.

Answers to Common Questions:

How will vasectomy affect me? Vasectomy is NOT castration. Vasectomy only interrupts the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to where they are added to your semen. Your penis and testes are not altered. All hormonal and sexual functions are completely unaffected, so your voice, body hair, and interest in sex remain the same. Your body still produces semen, and erections and ejaculations occur normally. The only difference is that you semen will no longer contain sperm. As before, the body naturally absorbs unused sperm.

Can I discontinue other birth control methods right away? No! Sperm can remain in the vas deferens above the operative site for weeks or even months after vasectomy. You will not be considered sterile until two post –surgical semen tests have shown that no sperm remain. Until then, you must continue to use other birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Is vasectomy painful? No. You may feel mild discomfort when the local anesthetic is given. After it takes effect, you should feel no pain, though some men feel a slight “tugging” sensation as the vasa are manipulated. After surgery you may be a little sore for a few days. Generally, two to three days rest is recover enough before men return to work and mist normal, non-strenuous physical activity. Sex can usually be resumed 7 days after the procedure.

Does Vasectomy pose long-term health risks? Many studies have looked at the long-term health effects of vasectomy. The evidence suggests that no significant risks exist. Men who have a vasectomy are no more likely than other men to develop cancer, heart disease, or other health problems.

In 1993, a panel assembled by the National Institutes of Health, The Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception, and the National Cancer Institute reaffirmed that conclusion. The panel advised that physicians continue to offer vasectomy and that all men, vasectomized or not, receive the same regular screening for prostate cancer and other illnesses.

Can vasectomy be reversed? In many cases, it can be. However, it’s expensive and does not guarantee returned fertility. Vasectomy should therefore be considered a permanent procedure. If you’re thinking about reversal now, perhaps you should take more time to decide whether vasectomy is right for you.

Before Vasectomy Surgery:

  1. If you have not already done so, sign the elective surgery informed consent form.
  2. Do not consume any aspirin or NSAID’s for 10 days prior to surgery without prior medical approval. Taking aspirin or NSAID’s increases the risk of bleeding.
  3. The day before, trim or clip away the hair from the front of the scrotum below the penis.
  4. To reduce the risk of infection, thoroughly bathe the scrotum and groin the day before and the morning of the surgery.
  5. Several hours before surgery, take any preoperative medications as directed.
  6. Bring with you a clean athletic supporter.