What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure to prevent a male from reproducing. 

What does the surgery involve?

The operation is a day case using a general anaesthetic. Small incisions are made on either side of the scrotum and the vas deferens (sperm tube) is located, cut and sutured. 

Sterility does NOT occur immediately following the procedure. 

Complications of vasectomy are rare but may involve bruising, swelling, discomfort and infection.

What are the benefits?

Vasectomy is a safe and reliable method of contraception. A vasectomy should be considered permanent and although may be reversed, this is sometimes not successful.

What are the risks? 

Complications of vasectomy are rare and may involve bleeding, bruising, swelling, discomfort and infection.

What to expect after your general anaesthetic?

If you have had a general anaesthetic, in the 24 hours following, you MUST NOT: 

  • Drive a car 
  • Operate machinery 
  • Handle hot cooking utensils 
  • Drink alcohol 
  • Conduct business or sign documents 

Generally, two to four hours after the surgery, you will be able to return home. An adult must accompany you and stay with you overnight.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for your general information and is not a substitute for the specific advice of your treating doctor.