Healthy Tahoe: March is perfect time for a vasectomy

Brian Steixner, MD

For men considering a vasectomy, March can be a good time to make their appointment. In a trend growing across the county, urologists are suggesting men schedule their procedure in March so they can recover while watching the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.

Dr. Brian Steixner

The timing provides the perfect opportunity to recover from the procedure while watching hours of basketball from the couch. This year, the 64-team tournament play starts first-round games on Friday, March 19, and the “Sweet Sixteen” rounds start the following week, on March 27.

Each year, more than 500,000 men get vasectomies nationwide, and the procedure is usually covered by insurance with a referral. It’s a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure; just 15 to 20 minutes, followed by 36 to 48 hours of icing the affected area with minimal movement. After 48 hours, men usually get the “all clear” and can return to work/activity.

Over the past few years, the number of vasectomies conducted this month have marked March as prime time, with an opportunity to take it easy and rest on the couch while watching the NCAA tournament unfold.

Dr. Brian Steixner is a board-certified urologist, treating men, women and children at Barton Urology for a variety of issues. For a complete list of services, visit or call 530-543-5400 to schedule an appointment.

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