What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that can be undertaken as a daycase and is an effective form of male contraception. A vasectomy procedure can be reversed if required. However, the effectiveness of reversal cannot be guaranteed. A small snip is made to the tube carrying sperm which prevents pregnancy during sexual intercourse.
How is the procedure performed?
A local anaesthetic is injected into the scrotum with a small incision made to the upper area. The consultant will locate the tube which carries the sperm and make a small cut to sever the tube. This is then sealed, and the incision to the scrotum is closed.
How long is the recovery?
Patients can return home the same day; full healing will take 7 – 10 days. There may be discomfort and swelling in the area for a few days following the procedure. Normal activities can resume after 2-3 days, but it is advised to avoid sexual intercourse for 1 week.