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Men use medical excuse to watch NCAA tournament

Posted March 21, 2013
Updated March 22, 2013

The NCAA tournament, with its opening weekend of wall-to-wall basketball, is a well-documented drain on workplace productivity. For men contemplating vasectomy, the out-patient procedure can provide the perfect excuse to miss work during those pivotal game-packed days. 

"It's about a third more popular happening around this time frame," said urologist Dr. Kevin Khoudary. 

Doctors advise men to take two to three days off work and to take it easy for a couple of days after the procedure.

Khoudary said his recommendation is "a long weekend, ice down below, kicking the feet up, relaxing." It's a prescription that gives men permission to sit and watch basketball.

Not all of his patients admit their timing is coincidental, Khoudary said. 

"They are a little cagey about it, and sometimes they'll come right out and say it," he said.

"I asked the three patients I did today," he said. "I was like, 'Did March Madness have anything to do with this?' And they were like 'Yes, definitely.'"

David Watson admitted scheduling his vasectomy around another multi-day sporting event. "Personally had mine during the British Open," he said while watching basketball at Raleigh's East Village Grill.

Khoudary says he's worked in New Jersey and Stateville, NC, but neither place saw the same surge in vasectomy requests during March as the basketball-mad Triangle.


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  • carrboroyouth Mar 23, 2013

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    Calling me ugly? (I kid!) :]
    22 is a bit young for that kind of thing and I'm more or less okay with my appearance.

    Already got my wisdom teeth removed too. What a shame! :]

  • Hammerhead Mar 23, 2013

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    "Cosmetic" surgery?

  • carrboroyouth Mar 23, 2013

    Very smart medical decision with good timing!

    What excuse can I use then? haha

  • Hammerhead Mar 23, 2013

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    I skimmed the story and read the premise incorrectly. I can see why people would do it if they are getting the surgery anyhow. I can only watch so much sports in one day, let alone multiple days in row.

  • StunGunn Mar 23, 2013

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    But then you might be expected to do chores. Trust me, surgery is the ticket to a basketball marathon:)

  • Hammerhead Mar 23, 2013

    Wouldn't it just be easier to schedule a day or two off in advance? You know, like a couple of vacation days.

  • StunGunn Mar 23, 2013

    I scheduled foot surgery during March Madness back in '09. I wasn't allowed off the couch other than to use the bathroom for the first three days, and I was very limited for a week after. It was AWESOME! And the Heels won the NC that year. Totally worth the pain.

  • I am not who you think I am Mar 22, 2013

    the vasectomy excuse only works once

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