DENVER (CBS4) – There is one surefire way many men can stay home and watch March Madness — vasectomies.
Doctor’s offices are crowded this time of year with men who feel this the best time of year to have the procedure.
Jeremy Stelter has three days off from work where all he can do is sit and home and watch college basketball. He recently underwent the surgical procedure purposely scheduled around March Madness.
“I got a vasectomy on Tuesday because I figured it was time to stop having kids,” Stelter said.
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization. The father of two is a college basketball fan. It was the only way he could watch the games all day uninterrupted without feeling guilty calling in sick for work.
“I’ve been thinking about it for quite a long time. When my wife and I got married she recalls me telling her that when we get married, when we’re done having kids, I’m getting a vasectomy during March Madness.”
He’s not alone. Dr. Jesse Mills performed Stelter’s vasectomy at the Urology Center of Colorado. He’s seen a 50 percent increase in vasectomy procedures during the games.
“I think it’s the die-hard basketball fans that have a great reason to sit home and do nothing for those two days that are going to make that uptick a little higher,” Mills said.
The vasectomy procedure lasts only about 15 minutes. Doctors suggest taking it easy, even relaxing on the couch during their recovery time.
“Pain wasn’t too bad. Seeing my wife go through labor, I didn’t want to be a wuss,” Stelter said.
While the games are under way Stelter plans to use all the time off he can get.
“I’m feeling pretty good right now, but I’m not going to tell my wife or boss that quite yet.”