March is a time of mad­ness, va­sec­tomies

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY CINDY BOREN cindy.boren@wash­post.com Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/ear­lylead

Ev­ery March, away from the bas­ket­ball court, a dif­fer­ent kind of mad­ness be­gins. Whether it’s called U Vas Mad­ness or car­ries a cool ad slo­gan like “it’s hip to get snipped,” it’s urol­o­gists’ one shin­ing mo­ment: va­sec­tomy sea­son.

And you thought only the nets got cut this time of year.

It’s a com­bi­na­tion of things, re­ally, that brings this about: For most men, per­sonal tim­ing and the sports cal­en­dar hap­pen to co­in­cide per­fectly. And then there are the deals. A D.C.-area man with four daugh­ters won a free va­sec­tomy in a con­test spon­sored by 106.7 The Fan’s Junkies. “We had Va­sec­tomy Mad­ness, so to speak,” Dr. Kelly Chiles, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of urol­ogy at Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity School of Medicine and Health Sciences, told The Post.

“If you’re a guy, no one wants to do it. We’re lazy,” Eric Bickel of the Junkies added. “But any ex­cuse to sit around and watch TV works for most guys.”

At Ob­sid­ian Men’s Health in McLean, you’d be a fool not to sched­ule a snip-snip the first week of the tour­na­ment. A concierge prac­tice, Ob­sid­ian of­fers a spa-like ex­pe­ri­ence, with pa­tients awake and watch­ing the games on bigscreen TVs. The re­cov­ery room, its web­site says, is “equipped with com­fort­able robes and slip­pers, flat-screen TVs with Net­flix, cap­puc­cino and top-shelf liquor. We’ll do ev­ery­thing we can to keep you com­fort­able af­ter the pro­ce­dure.”

At the Univer­sity of Utah, March means all-hands-on with U Vas Mad­ness run­ning from March 16-31. Pa­tients get a free re­cov­ery kit that in­cludes a bas­ket­ball shaped ice pack and spe­cial­ists adding ex­tra ap­point­ments.

The Amer­i­can Uro­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion has no of­fi­cial stats on the mat­ter, but the Cleve­land Clinic says it saw a 10 per­cent rise in the pro­ce­dure dur­ing March Mad­ness from 2014 through 2016.

Dr. David Gil­ley, a urol­o­gist at Urol­ogy of In­di­ana, told WTHR.com that “it’s more than dou­ble what we nor­mally do.”

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