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J Urol. 1996 Apr;155(4):1284-6.

Questionnaire-based outcomes study of nononcological post-vasectomy complications.

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Department of Urology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Michigan, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We conducted an outcomes analysis to determine the incidence of post-vasectomy complications.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A questionnaire (154 questions) addressing post-vasectomy complications, incidence of post-vasectomy scrotal pain and quality of life issues was sent to 470 patients. Followup telephone surveys were made.

RESULTS:

A total of 182 patients (42.3%) responded. Mean follow-up was 4.8 years. The most common complication was post-vasectomy scrotal pain in 34 men (18.7%), which adversely affected the quality of life in 4 (2.2%). In retrospect, 71.4% of the men were satisfied with the decision for vasectomy, 19.3% had equivocal feelings and 9.3% were dissatisfied.

CONCLUSIONS:

Chronic scrotal pain is the most common post-vasectomy complication that may adversely affect quality of life in men undergoing vasectomy.

PIP:

500,000 to 1 million vasectomies are performed annually with only a 2-3% complication rate. However, despite the low complication and failure rates of the procedure, vasectomy is a leading cause of urological litigation. The authors conducted an outcomes analysis to determine the incidence of post-vasectomy complications, particularly the incidence of chronic scrotal pain related to vasectomy and its impact upon quality of life. A questionnaire of 154 questions addressing post-vasectomy complications, incidence of post-vasectomy scrotal pain, and quality of life issues was sent to 470 patients selected from the Henry Ford Hospital database who underwent vasectomy between January 1988 and November 1992. Follow-up telephone surveys were conducted. 182 patients responded to the questionnaires. The participants were followed for a mean period of 4.8 years. The most common complication was post-vasectomy scrotal pain in 34 men, which adversely affected the quality of life in four. 71.4% of the men were, however, satisfied with having decided to undergo vasectomy, 19.3% had equivocal feelings, and 9.3% were dissatisfied.

PMID:
8632554
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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