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.