Vasectomy is a safe, simple, and effective form of permanent birth control that is the choice of thousands of men throughout the world. Each year, more than 50,000 men undergo this simple procedure in Canada. More Canadian couples rely on vasectomy for their permanent birth control than the alternative of female tubal ligation. The method of no-scalpel vasectomy offered at our clinic is particularly beneficial because it is so simple and safe.
The So Simple Vasectomy Clinic® offers prompt, personal, and skilled professional service to those seeking a vasectomy.
Over 32 Years of Experience
Dr. Len DeBolster is a family physician who has been practicing in the Mississauga/Oakville community for the past 30 years. Vasectomies have been a significant part of his practice during this time. In 2003, he relocated his practice from Credit Valley Hospital to Oakville Family Health Centre and opened a surgical suite to accommodate the So Simple Vasectomy Clinic. In the year 2000, Dr. DeBolster began performing vasectomies using the No-Scalpel technique and has since completed more than 30,000 vasectomy procedures.
Dr. De Bolster is a member in good standing with the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Canadian College of Family Physicians and The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He previously serviced as Deputy Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at The Credit Valley Hospital as well as the Director of the Hospitalist program at The Credit Valley Hospital. He also served one term on the Board of Directors of the Credit Valley Hospital.
Dr. DeBolster is assisted at the clinic by his capable and professional staff. Elaine is the contact person who books appointments and welcomes you to the clinic. Carol works as Dr. De Bolster’s assistant preparing you for your procedure. Together Elaine and Carol serve to make your clinic experience professional, courteous and simple.
Years of Experience
The technique used at The So Simple Vasectomy Clinic is the “No-Scalpel Vasectomy”. It was developed by a doctor in China in 1974, introduced to North America in 1985, and to Canada in the early 1990’s.
A conventional vasectomy involves opening the skin of the scrotum to reach the vas with one or two incisions at least 2cm long made with a scalpel -one on each side of the scrotum, or one in the middle. At the end of the procedure, after the vas has been blocked the incisions are stitched (sutured) closed.
With a “No-Scalpel Vasectomy” only one small opening is made by means of a puncture at the midline of the scrotum and spreading the skin open. Each vas is carefully lifted out, one at a time, and blocked. At the end of the procedure they are allowed to slip back deep into the scrotum where they naturally lie and the opening is covered with ointment and a piece of gauze. No stitches are required.
Once the vas has been reached, it is blocked by one of several ways with either procedure, which is why the success rate is the same. The big difference is how entry into the scrotum itself is made. With the “No Scalpel Vasectomy” there is much less trauma to the scrotum. This shortens the healing time and significantly reduces the risk of complications.
Once a person or a couple decides to not have any more children, they usually consider permanent contraception. Vasectomy is a form of permanent contraception that is used for a man. The counterpart for women is called a “tubal ligation”. Vasectomy is a relatively minor procedure that can be done in a doctor’s office with local anesthetic (“freezing”), while tubal ligation is done in hospital and requires abdominal surgery under general anesthetic.
Vasectomy is a surgical procedure that stops the flow of sperm from the testes to the penis. This requires that a small opening be made in the skin of the scrotum (the sac below the penis containing the testes or testicles, that produce sperm). Once this opening is made, the vas deferens (the “vas”, the small tube in each side of the scrotum that carries the sperm) can be permanently blocked.
I was recommended by a friend to go to this place. I had no idea what I was walking into. I had a lot of questions and concerns, however between Elaine and the Dr all my questions were answered and all concerns were gone. The procedure was quick and painless, and recovery was quick and painless as well, I was even walking and doing stairs without any pain that evening. I had no complications or anything afterwards. If anyone is nervous, concerned or has any worries, this is the place to go. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. DeBolster and his staff to everyone. Thank you Dr DeBolster and Elaine!
Thank you so much for the truly “so simple” procedure. Dr. DeBolster and staff were very friendly and professional. The clinic came highly recommended to me and in return, I have referred the clinic to many friends and co-workers, some who have now stated that they have booked their procedure with you. Thanks again!
The procedure was painless and rather uneventful. More time was spent waiting at different times than was required by the doctor. He made it feel very routine which was very helpful in reducing any concerns or anxiety. Given that my family doctor had recommended Dr. Len and also based on feedback from my FB dad’s group, I went in fairly comfortable with what was to come. Someone close to me had a similar procedure by a different doctor and he was in pain during the procedure and so I was extremely thankful with the skill and experience that Dr. Len brought to bear that made it relatively pain free. Even the post-op was uneventful and by following the instructions, I believe that it resulted in a better experience. I highly recommend Dr. Len and the So Simple Vasectomy Clinic.
I would just like to thank the staff and Dr. De Bolster for a perfect and most comfortable procedure. This procedure has been a referral not only from my family doctor, but also from friends who have also been patients and experienced the same level of patient care. I will recommend Dr. De Bolster!
My vasectomy experience was a positive one at So Simple Vasectomy. All interactions were professional, scheduling was very accommodating to schedule changes due to me being out of province for work. Dr Debolster explained the procedure very well, what was to be expected, what was to be done after and left me with no questions. The procedure was quick and painless with exception to the discomfort of the freezing (feels like someone is leaning into your groin with some pressure). We chatted about golf through the procedure which made time pass very quickly. I recommend this clinic with no hesitation.
I was initially nervous about the process but my initial consultation put me at ease and Dr. De Bolster was able to answer all of my questions. The day of procedure was simple and seamless. It was quick, painless and very straight forward. As much as you may be nervous on the day of, Dr. De Bolster's professionalism put me at ease. Post surgery was simple as well. There was no pain and discomfort was mild. I would recommend this procedure and this office to anyone! This was a great experience. I have to say that I'm impressed with your entire team. This was one of the least invasive, and professional experiences I've had. I found that everything was very organized and, given the nature of the procedure, I felt very comfortable. Thanks again,
"Easy, quick, little stress and even less pain. Everyone at the office was polite and professional. I've already recommended So Simple Vasectomy to many friends." Thanks,
Just writing my review here of the So Simple Vasectomy clinic.. This procedure was done in 25 mins and there was ZERO discomfort afterwards. Dr. DeBolster is a professional and he knows his trade well. Nothing to fear here guys....The only minor discomfort was when he had to freeze you with the needles. That achy feeling lasted for about 20 seconds, and once it was over, you felt nothing during the procedure. You can hardly even see where the opening was made. Highly recommended and would have no problem recommending him to anyone.. Regards,
I came in on Friday for a vasectomy, This was absolutely painless, I have more pain when going to the dentist for a cleaning. I was also very impressed with Dr. De Bolster and his staff they were all very professional and informed me of what was going to happen and when. Dr. De Bolster also describes exactly the feeling of what he is going to do (once again zero pain). I would recommend them to any man looking for a vasectomy. I was told by a co-worker that he was the best and now I see why.
I have nothing but good to say about my vasectomy. The staff and Dr DeBolster are very professional and friendly. They provided a ton of info and answered all questions. I felt very at ease. Minimal discomfort during the procedure and no pain or swelling after. I was able to go to work the next day in no pain whatsoever. Thank you very much.
I had to send some comments regarding my great experience with your clinic. You have made this nervous experience as simple and easy as possible. From the moment I stepped foot into the clinic I felt at ease. The entire staff was very friendly and were there to answer any and all questions I had. They were very clear and concise as to each step and what would happen next. The procedure was a breeze. I was actually talking politics with Dr. DeBolster during my procedure (who I cannot give enough praise too). I experienced very little discomfort (no pain) and was up on my feet the next day. Thank you very much to the entire staff and clinic for making this experience as smooth, painless, and stress free as possible. Regards,
We have received our "in the clear" results and thank you. My wife and I couldn't be more happy. The staff, the doctor and the environment overall were amazing. They answered every question we asked and made us feel so relaxed. The results painless and quick recovery. Thanks so much.
Simply put it was a great experience! Dr. Debolster and his staff are professional, caring individuals who take the worry out of family planning. The procedure itself was virtually painless and I was back to my normal activities in just days. Thank you Dr. Debolster, Elaine and all the staff at So Simple Vasectomy Clinic!
I just want to thank the entire staff at So Simple Vasectomy for making something so difficult, so simple.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Dr DeBolster for making this process so simple, no pun intended :). I was extremely nervous and apprehensive about the procedure. After meeting with him and his team, they made me feel much more at ease. The procedure was all of 20 minutes. Dr D walked me through absolutely everything he was doing. He even started to discuss sports, which took my mind elsewhere. The recovery took a little longer than expected, as didn't take as much rest as was recommended. The feeling during this time was more uncomfortable than painful and was bearable. Now we are ALL CLEAR. Time to have some fun with the wife.
Deciding to get a vasectomy is not easy and after making the decision I was nervous and feeling a lot of anxiety. When my family doctor referred me to Dr. DeBolster, I went through the website including the testimonials and felt a little better. The staff is extremely professional; Dr. DeBolster made me feel at ease (great sense of humor). The procedure was quick and a lot less painful than I had imagined. I did not have any swelling or other side effects afterwards. I followed the recovery instructions to the T and after 7 days everything was working fine and I was back to normal. Went for the test 12 weeks later and received the "all clear" email yesterday. Wish I had not procrastinated and done this a lot sooner in life. I have already been recommending Dr. DeBolster to my friends and acquaintances. Overall, great experience! Thank you all at the Oakville Family Health Centre and keep up the great work you are doing!
Best clinic for vasectomies around, staff are great and friendly, and very knowledgeable. The procedure was painless and was back to normal in no time....it was less painful than my teeth cleaning appointments!!! I do recommend buying the kit that they will advise you to get...helps the clinic and provides you all you need post op. Again thanks for everything and highly recommended.
To say I was nervous about having a vasectomy is an understatement. I had made an appointment at my local hospital three times to go under the knife only to bail out last minute each time--with excuses that in hindsight were pretty lame. After several colleagues suggested Dr. DeBolster I decided to go with this procedure. I was quite anxious on the day of the procedure but even more fearful of the repercussions that I faced with my wife if I cancelled a fourth time. It was honestly a piece of cake. I found Dr. DeBolster to be very professional and also effectively used humour to keep an uncomfortable situation relaxed. And it's over quick! Take it easy for a week and you'll be good to go.
This procedure was explained very well, the procedure went very well and my recovery went very well. I just got the all clear and ALL IS GOOD. It's normal to be a nervous about this but there really is nothing to be nervous about. Thanks So Simple Vasectomy.
My physician recommended So Simple to me, citing its excellent reputation. I am very glad he did. As many others have commented, the staff are professional, thorough and supportive. Everything is explained clearly, and you can ask any question you have, before or after the procedure. The procedure itself is virtually pain free, and the healing time is quick. If you are looking to have a vasectomy but have reservations based on negative stories you have heard about other clinics, wait no longer and have it done here. You won't regret it, and will be posting a positive comment of your own on this page!
I would not hesitate to recommend the So Simple Vasectomy Clinic to my friends and colleagues. The whole staff at the office were great to deal with. Thanks,
We know you have them, we've got answers
Very little. The worst part of having a vasectomy at our Clinic is thinking about it! We have found that men worry most about getting an injection in their scrotum. The EMLA freezing patch helps to minimize the feeling of the needle. The doctor’s skill in inserting the injection reduces the discomfort even more. Almost all men are relieved and surprised at how little discomfort there is with the injection.
As a rule, the procedure itself can be felt as movement, brief sensation of pressure and pushing. None of these are usually described as ‘pain’, but occasionally some pain can be felt. The doctor is very careful to proceed only when the freezing is working well, and if it’s not (and it hurts), he will insert more freezing right away until the procedure is comfortable.
Without the aggravation of birth control methods like condoms, diaphragms and foam, sex becomes more spontaneous and enjoyable. Fear of pregnancy is gone, also contributing to a better sex life. Birth control methods with increased health risks for women, such as birth control pills, hormone injections, and Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs) are no longer a concern or impacting on a couple’s love life.
One serious situation that may impact on sex is the rare instance when the man is left with pain or tenderness following the operation that is aggravated by sex. This condition is occasionally chronic (doesn’t go away) and is one of the more serious worries associated with vasectomy. FORTUNATELY, the risk of this happening is so low (much less than 1 per 1000), that the benefits of vasectomy far outweigh the risk of such an outcome.
It is a good idea to avoid intercourse for a week as all the movement, which is pretty hard to avoid, could stir up some pain, swelling or bleeding. The man may feel a bit tender as this is an operation, although small, and this may curb his sexual enthusiasm for a few days.
Often men go back to a non-physical type of job, eg. office work, in two days. Keep in mind that Friday is a popular day for vasectomies as the weekend is usually available to rest and take it easy without losing time from work. Men with a more physically strenuous job are strongly advised to make arrangements at work to have light duties for one week. The doctor is very willing to provide a form indicating the need for this, or to fill out any form provided by employers.
Yes. Nature likes to keep us reproducing and is inclined to reconnect the cut tube(s) for this purpose. This is most likely to occur during the active healing process. The first few weeks, and by 12 weeks the healing is pretty well stable with no changes in the internal scar likely. What happens is that a microscopic channel can form in the scar tissue that heals the cut inside and bridge the gap to hook things up again. Further, it takes 12 weeks on average for the residual sperm to be cleared from the glands where sperm is stored.
No. There has been found no statistical evidence to support this being a risk. It has been well researched over the past 10 years or more and given a clean bill of health by many reputable agencies Cancer Societies, Centre for Disease control, etc. No association with any other disease besides cancer has been found either eg. heart disease, arthritis, etc. Try searching the Internet under ‘vasectomy, cancer’ to find some helpful links.
The titanium clips are widely used in many types of surgical procedures. They are completely safe and pose no short or long term negative effect. These clips are so small that they do not register metal detection devices; ie at the airport. Although metallic, these clips are not magnetic. If, for some other medical reasons you should require an MRI in the future, these clips do not interfere with an MRI.
Yes, they are covered by OHIP.
In order to register for an appointment at our clinic we require a referral letter from a referring physician. Please have a copy of your referral faxed to our office at 905-338-7863.
You may send us an email to email@example.com once your referral has been faxed to our office. Please include in your email your name, date of birth and phone number where we can contact you. Due to the high volume of referrals we receive at our clinic, please allow 2 weeks for us to contact you to book an appointment directly with you. We are currently booking several months in advance for a consultation and procedure in the same day if you wish.
Medeo is our secure messaging system. Patients will be asked to create an account with Medeo (medeohealth.com) once an appointment has been booked with our office. It is very simple to use. Your email address provided to us is your user name and you select a password. A notification will appear in your Inbox when you receive an email from us. Click the button that says “View Secure Message”. Medeo will be our only form of communication forward. All changes, cancellations, as well as your post vasectomy semen analysis results will be sent through Medeo.
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