Prior to Procedure

Before the procedure, an initial consultation with a doctor is required. This is necessary to discuss medical history, medications, procedure consent, and other relevant advice and information. Partners are welcome to attend the initial consultation and to provide support during the procedure if desired.

We also offer oral sedation to each patient which can be taken an hour prior to the procedure. This medication helps to relax the patient while still keeping them awake and conscious throughout. If sedation is used it is not safe to drive afterwards.

The following is recommended to minimise discomfort and complications:

  • Please shave the scrotum and shower before the procedure.
  • No aspirin or anti-inflammatories for 48 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Wear supportive underwear (briefs not boxer shorts).
  • If sedation has been used, the patient will require transport home.

If you have any further questions about the procedure please do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor at the initial consultation.

Aftercare

Following the procedure, the patient is able to drive himself home if no sedation was required. If sedation was used, it is common to feel slightly drowsy for several hours afterwards, and a lift home from a support person is necessary. It is recommended to rest for the remainder of the day after a vasectomy.

Common side-effects of a vasectomy include minor bruising and swelling, and mild post-operative pain which can usually be treated with simple pain-killers such as paracetamol. Aspirin or ibuprofen must be avoided as they increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Patients are encouraged to wear tight-fitting, supportive underwear for one week following the procedure, and to apply an ice-pack or frozen peas with slight pressure to reduce pain and swelling in the short-term. If there are any queries or concerns about post-operative care, we advise patients to contact the clinic immediately.

After the procedure we encourage patients to abstain from any activities involving heavy lifting, any sexual activity, or sport for at least seven days. This minimises the risk of post-operative bruising and pain, and is important for a rapid recovery.

The patient must continue to use contraception for three months following the procedure until he is confirmed infertile by a negative sperm test. Patients are welcome to contact the surgery after the sperm test to discuss their result. The clinic will also send a letter to the patient notifying him of his sperm result as soon as it becomes available.

If you have any further questions about the procedure please do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor at the initial consultation.