At San Diego Vasectomy Center, we recognize that patients have many choices to make when it comes to selecting a vasectomy clinic. While you’re researching your options it’s important to know which questions to ask. Here is a list of questions to ask the prospective physician you are interviewing at a vasectomy clinic.
Board Certifications & Qualifications
- Are you board certified in family medicine?
- Are you board certified in general surgery?
Here’s Why: Doctors performing vasectomies are often board certified in family medicine or general surgery. While legally they can perform vasectomies, they lack microsurgical training specific to the male reproductive tract. This is not an area of surgery that you should leave to chance. When choosing a physician, look for a doctor that is 1) board certified in urology 2) has specialized training in male fertility 3) has microsurgical training and 4) is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Experience Level & Expertise
- How many vasectomy procedures do you perform each year?
Here’s Why: Some doctors only perform a few vasectomy procedures each year. Dr. Bastuba performs 4-7 vasectomy surgeries each week, amounting to over 300 surgeries per year. During surgery, sometimes unexpected situations can arise. Therefore, it makes sense to work with the most experienced surgeon available. While a vasectomy is a routine procedure, choosing your doctor should not be taken lightly.
Quality Control Questions
- Will the doctor perform each step of my surgery? Will any medical students or fellows be involved?
- Where will the surgery take place?
Here’s Why: In order to become a doctor specializing in a specific field, medical students and fellows need training. However, you don’t want their training to happen during your surgery. Dr. Bastuba never uses medical students or fellows during vasectomy surgeries. He does everything, from start to finish. It is also important that a premier medical suite is used with support from experienced staff.