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Post vasectomy analysis: call for a uniform evidence-based protocol.
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PMID:  11432136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Vasectomy is a safe and reliable means of contraception that is used by 42 million couples world-wide. There are no standardised guidelines in the follow-up of these patients to assess the efficacy of the procedure, however. Through this paper we aim to recommend a guideline that is both clinically effective and cost effective, and would avoid medicolegal debate. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to consultant general surgeons and urologists working both within and outside the North-West region, to assess the range of protocols used in the follow-up of patients undergoing vasectomy. RESULTS: Of respondents, 75% sent the vas deferens routinely for histology: 90.4% requested 2 sperm samples routinely whilst 4.8% requested 1 sample and 4.8% requested 3 samples. 95.2% requested further sperm samples if non-motile sperm were present. 98.8% performed their first sperm sample by 12 weeks. CONCLUSIONS: There is a wide range of protocols used in the follow-up of patients post-vasectomy. Most do not appear to be evidence-based. We recommend a guideline which re-emphasises the importance of pre-operative counselling, only 1 routine sperm sample taken 16 weeks post-vasectomy, and further samples taken only if motile sperm is seen. Non-motile sperm is not an indication for further sperm samples. We believe this guideline would be both clinically effective and cost effective.
K A Sivardeen; M Budhoo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0035-8843     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Publication Date:  2001 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-02     Completed Date:  2001-07-12     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506860     Medline TA:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aftercare / methods,  standards*
Clinical Protocols
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Postoperative Period
Practice Guidelines as Topic*
Sperm Count
Sperm Motility
Treatment Outcome
Vasectomy / standards*

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