Vasectomy is male sterilization. It involves division of the vas deferens on each side in the scrotum, thus preventing the movement of spermatozoa from the testicles to the prostate area, where it is normally added to prostate secretions at the time of ejaculation. It is a surgical procedure, and is conducted at Vasectomy Clinic Brisbane under local anaesthesia in our minor operations room, with Dr Valentine attending, assisted by Mrs Roslynne Marshall, an experienced nurse.
Vasectomy should only be considered by those couples whose family is complete: it is meant to be a permanent procedure. Microsurgical reversal of vasectomy has a moderate failure rate of achieving pregnancy, due to either technical issues, re-stenosis, or anti-sperm antibodies following the original vasectomy. Patients considering vasectomy should carefully consider the implications of no longer being able to sire children, in the context of relationship breakdown, changed circumstances, death of existing child etc.
Vasectomy is a “surgical procedure for male sterilization”.
About 95% of men are suited to local anaesthetic vasectomy.
Vasectomy is a simpler procedure to perform compared with female sterilization. About 95% of men are suited to local anaesthetic vasectomy. A small number of men are not able to have a local anaesthetic procedure, usually for reasons of complicated anatomy, such as a large hernia, hydrocoele, or varicocoele. For this reason all men contemplating vasectomy need a pre-operative interview and examination. For convenience patients may arrange to have their pre Vasectomy counselling and procedure on the same day.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes. It involves a midline opening at the front of the scrotum (No Scalpel Open Ended Vasectomy). No sutures are generally required. A waterproof dressing is applied to the front of the scrotum. Patients have the option of intravenous mild sedation to reduce anxiety during the procedure. Most men find the procedure day far less challenging than they may have expected, and this is aided by good preparation, and good self care follow-up.