"No Scalpel" Vasectomy is a minimally invasive procedure under local anaesthetic, ensuring permanant and guaranteed contraception.
Our Vasectomy service at Bendigo Day Surgery is on Fridays. Initial consultation and surgery can often be arranged on the same day. Vasectomy surgery is also performed at Kerang and Kyabram Hospitals.
About the Procedure
The procedure takes about 15 minutes and is usually done under local anaesthetic. If you need a general anaesthetic (ie asleep), this will need to be booked on another day.
Once the local anaesthetic is working, a single small puncture is made in the front of the scrotum, and a segment of vas is removed on both sides. The skin puncture is closed with a suture buried under the skin. The waterproof dressing usually comes off after several days. 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.
Vasectomy surgery is reversible, however microsurgery is needed to rejoin the vas tubes. This can be done at Bendigo Day Surgery, but it is a lot more difficult and successful reversal with pregnancy cannot be guaranteed. If you have any doubts about permanant contraception, you should not have a Vasectomy.
Booking your Vasectomy
- See your GP and ask for a Specialist Referral to Mr Stephen Lindsay before your first appointment
- Call (03) 5442 6330 to make an appointment.
- 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.
- 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.
- You will need to arrange to have someone to drive you home after your Vasectomy.
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 this before the local anaesthetic wears off. Panadol and NSAID anti-inflammatories should 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*
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