Vasectomy surgeries spike during March Madness

Apparently it's not just nets that get cut during the tournament.
By Evan Bleier  |  March 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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When the annual March Madness college basketball tournament rolls around each year, many men opt to have a vasectomy while watching their favorite team try to go all the way.

According to CNN, a “major clinic in Ohio reports it performs 40 or 50 more vasectomies a month before and during the 68-team basketball tourney.”

"We do have (in March) typically about 50 percent more vasectomies than in other months," said Dr. Ed Sabanegh, the chairman of the Department of Urology at the Cleveland Clinic. "A lot of patients come in and say, 'I have to have this during March Madness, you have to talk to my wife about it. Tell her what my limitations are and that I need to be on the couch.' They'll even tell us to exaggerate a little about how long it takes to recover."

The procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour and it usually takes about two or three days to recover.

"If you are going to be laid up on the couch for a few days, you might as well get (a vasectomy) done when there is some great college basketball on TV," said 40-year-old vasectomy patient Mike LaSalle. "You had all the conference championship games over the weekend and the NCAA tourney starts this week."

The American Urological Association disputes that there is any connection between Cinderella stories and tied tubes. "The AUA does not have data showing any link between March Madness and an increase in the number of vasectomies performed," the AUA said in a statement.

The tournament will kick off on Tuesday when No. 16 Albany takes on No. 16 Mt. St. Mary’s and No. 12 NC State faces off against No. 12 Xavier.


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