Prior to a conventional vasectomy, the scrotum (the skin surrounding the testicles) is cleaned and a local anaesthetic is administered. Once the area is numb a small incision (approx. 1cm long) is made on each side, allowing the surgeon to locate the vas deferens and remove a section from each of the tubes. The ends of the tubes are then sealed and the skin incisions are closed using “dissolving” sutures and a plastic spray dressing is applied.
Once the scrotum (the skin surrounding the testicles) has been cleaned and a local anaesthetic has been administered, the surgeon will feel for the vas deferens,beneath the skin. Once the tubes have been located, a small clamp is used to hold them in place. A special instrument is used to puncture a small hole in the skin of the scrotum and a small pair of forceps is placed in to the hole to keep it open, allowing the surgeon to access the vas deferens. A section from each tube is removed and the ends are sealed. Stitches are not needed following this procedure as there is very little bleeding.
Risks and Complications
All surgery carries some element of risk, such as bleeding during and after the procedure and haematoma (bleeding and collection of blood beneath the skin), but complications following a vasectomy are extremely rare. The most likely is a local infection, indicated by inflammation and pain. This can easily be treated with antibiotics. If you think you may have an infection, please contact our 24 hour aftercare helpline.
Discharge from the clinic
Providing you feel well enough, you will be discharged from the clinic approximately 30 minutes after your procedure. If you have had a general anaesthetic, you should arrange for someone to collect you from the clinic. You must not drive for 48 hours following a general anaesthetic.