NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 2:26 PM
An Iowa State fan planned his vasectomy for Wednesday so he could stay home from work and watch the Cyclones in the NCAA Tournament.
After this elective surgery, these patients need their heads examined.
A growing number of men are planning vasectomy surgeries around the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, with the procedure’s recovery period ensuring they won’t miss one bounce of the ball on Thursday or Friday.
“It seemed like a great combination because you’re supposed to be on the couch for a few days,” recent vasectomy patient Tony Brokens told Iowa’s Gazette newspaper.
With three teams from the state in the Big Dance — Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa — there seems to be an uptick in snips in the Hawkeye State, with some clinics promoting the procedure come Tournament time.
“The first round of the NCAA tournament represents that perfect three or four days that you need for recovery after a vasectomy,” Dr. Brad Erickson, a urologist with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, told the Gazette. “We don’t want them to be doing too much physical activity after surgery.”
Dr. Erickson’s hospital isn’t promoting vasectomies during this time of year, but can see the appeal for some men.
Brokens told The Gazette that he plans to spend a few days on the couch watching Iowa State. He and his wife have four kids — their own Final Four, the paper noted — and he had the procedure performed on Wednesday.
The trend isn’t limited to Iowa, or even cities where college basketball rules.
A Massachusetts urology clinic began offering free pizzas to any man who came in for a vasectomy during March Madness back in 2012. The clinic even had a TV pitch of, “Hey guys! Want to watch the college basketball tournament guilt-free?”
Dr. Neil Baum offers patients who come in during March Madness a number of gifts to bring home, including a bell to ring so someone can bring recovering patients ‘fresh beer or whatever they need.’
New Orleans-based Dr. Neil Baum has been running vasectomy specials in conjunction with the NCAA Tournament since 2009, and he offers a scalpel-free vasectomy, a pizza, a copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an ice pack (one of the gel ones) and a bell to ring while the patient is recovering on the couch. “(To) bring them a fresh beer or whatever they need,” he told USA TODAY Sports.
“Yep. March Madness. It works every year. The patients love it,” Dr. Baum said, adding that he only does 10 a weekend.
He needs time to watch the games, too.