A Vasectomy is a procedure to cut and seal the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. This procedure is usually performed to prevent fathering anymore children.
Why you might need it
There are a variety of medical reasons why a circumcision in men may be performed, including:
You will have a consultation with a consultant, during which you can discuss your symptoms, your medical history and ask any questions that you may have.
Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you so you know exactly what to expect. Your consultant may also discuss if any further diagnostic tests may be needed, such as a blood test or scan, with you.
We understand that this can be a daunting time so our friendly and caring team will be sure to put you at rest and make your experience with us, as comfortable as possible.
The procedure, which usually takes around 20 minutes, will be carried out under Local Anaesthetic, meaning you will be awake but the area being operated on will be numbed and you will feel no pain.
Your surgeon will make a small cut either side of your scrotum to expose the ‘vasa deferentia’ tubes that carry sperm from your testicles to the penis. They will then cut the tubes and seal them or tie them before the cuts in the scrotum are closed with dissolvable stitches.
Following the procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room to recuperate until you are ready to go home, once you are fully recovered from the anaesthesia. You will need someone to drive you home.
You will experience some soreness, bruising or slight swelling surrounding the scrotum for a few days, and you can use over the counter medicines such as paracetamol to help ease this. You may also have a little blood in your semen in your first few ejaculations.
You should be able to return to work, however you should avoid sports or heavy lifting for a week following surgery.
You will be able to shower and bathe as usual however you should be gentle with the area whilst you are recovering. We recommend wearing tight underwear whilst your scrotum recovers throughout the day and night.
Your sperm can live in your tubes for months following the operation so your semen will need to be tested via a semen sample which you will take to the hospital 8 – 12 weeks post-surgery, and another 2/3 weeks following that. Your nurse will arrange the dates with you and provide you with a bottle for this.
You can have sex again when you feel comfortable in your recovery, however you should still use contraception until the tests have confirmed that there is no sperm present in your semen.
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Our dedicated team will still be there for you during each step of your recovery, even once you have left the hospital if you have any queries or concerns. Our consultants will usually book a follow-up appointment with you before you are discharged from hospital, to see how you are doing.
Whilst it is rare occurrence, surgery does carry a risk of complications. These depend on the type of operation you have as well as a variety of other factors such as your overall general health. During your consultation/s your consultant will discuss the possible risks and complications of having this procedure, and how they may apply to you, and answer any concerns or questions you have.
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