This procedure disconnects the vas deferens on both sides of the scrotum. The vas is a tubular structure where sperm travels.

Q: Why would I need the operation?

Vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control.  

Q: What scar will I have and what does the procedure involve?

You will have two 1cm cuts on both sides of the scrotum. This allows the surgeon to access the vas and disconnect it.

Q: What anaesthetic will I have and do I have a choice?

This procedure is often done under local anaesthetic with some or no sedation. Alternatively you can have a general anaesthetic if there are any concerns.

Q: What are the possible complications and what are the chances that they occur?

Rarely  (<1%) a blood clot can develop at the site of the operation. Also very rarely your vas may not be accessible through the scrotum.  If this is the case you may require the vas to be disconnected in the groin. This will require a general anaesthetic.

Q: What can I expect after the operation?

You may have a heavy feeling in the scrotum or mild pain.

Q: Should I not be doing certain things after the operation?

You should continue to use other birth control methods until your sperm count confirms that the operation has been a success. You should wear supportive underwear in preference to boxer shorts.

Q: How long should I be off work?

Vasectomy is a day procedure.  Depending on the nature of your work, usually you should be able to return to work the day after.  Discuss your circumstances with the surgeon at the consultation.

Q: When will I see my surgeon for review?

You will see the surgeon within 2 weeks for a check up.  A sperm count can be ordered by your surgeon or family doctor to be done 6-8 weeks after the operation to confirm the operation is successful. 

Q: Is there long term follow-up with my surgeon?

No, unless you want it reversed. You will be referred to a different specialist should you want a reversal.