What Is Vasectomy Surgery
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. It is a form of birth control for a man. It works by preventing sperm from being released during ejaculation.
During a vasectomy, the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra, are cut, blocked, or sealed. This prevents sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from the penis during sexual activity.
- A vasectomy doesn’t change a man’s sexual desire or his ability to reach orgasm. It won’t stop the production of sperm.
- A vasectomy can sometimes be reversed, but it is generally permanent.
- A vasectomy is a highly effective form of contraception. The chances of pregnancy after the procedure is around 1 in 1,000.
- Assessment: If you are looking to have a vasectomy, you will need to have an initial assessment at our clinic with our consultant surgeon. During this visit the vasectomy procedure is explained.
- Local Anesthesia: The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia to numb the area. Some clinics may also offer the option of mild sedation.
- Accessing the Vas Deferens: The surgeon makes a small incision or puncture in the upper part of the scrotum to access the vas deferens.
- Cutting or Blocking the Vas Deferens:
- Cutting: The surgeon may cut a section out of the vas deferens.
- Blocking: Alternatively, the vas deferens may be sealed or blocked using clips, ties, or cauterization.
- Closure of Incision: The incision is then closed with stitches or surgical glue.
What To Expect After Surgery:
- After the procedure, it is normal for there to be a small amount of bruising and mild discomfort, which supportive underwear and over-the-counter painkillers will help with.
- Ice packs are also useful to reduce swelling.
- You can return to work or light duties if you have a physically demanding job, within a few days.
- After five days, you can resume sexual activity. Your vasectomy will not impact your sexual performance or ability to ejaculate.
Points To Keep In Mind Post Vasectomy:
- It is important to note that your vasectomy will not be immediately effective.
- It will take a few months after the vasectomy for the sperm to clear out of the ducts. You will need to use a different method of contraception until you get the all-clear.
- After a fortnight, you can resume exercise. After a month, you can resume heavy weights, contact sports, and cycling.
- After three months, you will need to have a sperm count done to confirm that the vasectomy has been successful. This test is looking to see that there are no longer any live sperm in the semen.
- You should not stop using contraception until we have confirmed with you that your sperm count is zero.
- You should still use a condom in situations if you are at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Who Should Consider Vasectomy?
Here are some pointers on who might consider opting for vasectomy:
- Completed Family Planning: Individuals or couples who have completed their desired family size and are seeking a permanent contraceptive solution.
- Seeking a Permanent Contraceptive Method: Couples who have thoroughly discussed and agreed upon not having any more children.
- Medical Reasons: Individuals with certain medical conditions that make other forms of contraception less advisable.
- Desire to Share Contraceptive Responsibility: Couples who want to share the responsibility of contraception, as vasectomy is a permanent option for men.
- Avoidance of Hormonal Methods: Couples are looking to avoid hormonal contraceptive methods, as vasectomy does not involve the use of hormones.
- Health Considerations: Individuals with health concerns that make pregnancy or childbirth risky for the partner.
- Age and Parenthood Status: Couples who are older have achieved their desired number of children or have decided not to have children.
Why Choose Chermside Specialist For Vasectomy
At Chermside Specialist, Vasectomy is done scalpel-free. It is the latest non-intrusive technique used to perform a vasectomy. Scalpel Free Vasectomy technique (SFV) is a very simple procedure and takes only 10-20 minutes. The specialists performing vasectomies are experienced, qualified, and have a strong background in urology. Our Vasectomy Clinic is well-equipped with modern technology for performing vasectomies and provides full support post-operative care. Chermside Specialist also has access to private hospitals in North Brisbane and offers a short waiting list. We also offer affordable pricing for every treatment, and we cooperate with the most popular insurance company.
Meet Our Expert
Dr Lee Ong has more than 15 years of experience as a General Surgeon. Ultimately, the decision to receive a vasectomy surgery requires the input of your healthcare provider, partner, and yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about the vasectomy services offered at Chermside Specialist, book your appointment today and know if you might be a good candidate for a vasectomy.
Dr Lee Ong