Advanced Gynaecological Surgery Centre
 
Treatment Options

Vasectomy

This is the male form of permanent contraception.

It involves a minor operation usually performed under local anaesthetic or sedation.

The Procedure

Two small cuts are made in the skin either side of the scrotum. The tube that carries the sperm from the testicles to the penis, the vas deferens, is picked up and ligated (blocked). Stitches are then used to close the skin of the scrotum.

Follow up

  • As sperm are usually located up stream from where the surgery is performed your partner will have to have one or two semen analysis performed over the following months.
  • When they are negative you can rely on the vasectomy for sterilisation.
  • Current research suggests that vasectomy does not lead to an increased risk of health problems such as prostate cancer or cardiovascular disease.

Advantages of Vasectomy

  • Performed under local anaesthesia or Sedation
  • Rapid recovery and return to work
  • Low risk, minor complications include bleeding and infection risk 4%

Disadvantages of Vasectomy

  • Failure rate 1/1000
  • 3 - 4 month wait before it can be relied on
  • Ongoing testicular discomfort after the procedure 6%