March is a time of madness, vasectomies
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.”