Vasectomy

"No Scalpel" Vasectomy provides permanant, guaranteed contraception. 

Vasectomy is performed at Bendigo Day Surgery on Fridays, where initial consultation and surgery can often be arranged on the same day. Mr Stephen Lindsay also performs Vasectomy surgery at Kerang and Kyabram Hospitals.

About the Procedure

The procedure is usually done under local anaesthetic, but can be done under general anaesthetic if you prefer. It usually takes about 15 minutes.

A single small puncture is made in the front of the scrotum. A short segment of vas is removed on both sides, and the ends are tied off to stop the sperm getting through. The skin is closed with a single small buried suture. There is no need to remove the suture, but you may feel a small lump under the skin for a few months until it dissolves. A waterproof dressing is used, so you can shower the next day (this usually comes off after several days).

You will need to arrange to have someone to drive you home after your Vasectomy.

Post-operative Care

Analgesia - you will be given a prescription for strong pain relief. Stop at the chemist on the way home to have the prescription filled. Take the pain relief before the local anaesthetic wears off. Panadol and NSAID anti-inflammatories can also be used as needed.

Resuming Physical Activity - get as much rest (and sympathy) as you can. You should be able to go back to work within a few days as long as your work is not too physical. Reduce your physical activity (work, sport and sex) for 1-2 weeks to reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising. 

Follow-up - you will be given a follow-up appointment for 7-10 days. At this visit we will organise your followup sperm count which needs to be done at 3 months before you can be given the "all clear".

* Vasectomy surgery does not work immediately, and there is a risk of failure of the Vasectomy of 1 in 200 to 2000 cases*
You may need several tests to show that your sperm count has fallen to zero. There is no guarantee that you are sterile after a certain number of ejaculations.

YOU NEED TO CONTINUE TO USE CONTRACEPTION UNTIL YOU ARE GIVEN THE "ALL CLEAR" POST-OPERATIVELY

Vasectomy reversal can be done at Bendigo Day Surgery under the operating microscope, but it is a lot more difficult and successful reversal and pregnancy cannot be guaranteed. If you have any doubts about permanant contraception, you should not have a Vasectomy.


Booking your Vasectomy

  1. See your GP and ask for a Specialist Referral to Mr Stephen Lindsay
  2. Call (03) 5442 6330 to make an appointment. 
  3. The initial consultation will include a medical assessment, examination, explanation of the procedure and consent. and a decision about the type of anaesthetic. Your surgery is not confirmed and booked until after this consultation.
  4. If you are travelling from a distance to Bendigo and/or taking a day off work, please let us know when you book your appointment. We may be able to offer consultation and Vasectomy surgery on the same day