Vasectomy by Mackay's Leading Urologic Surgeon
Considering a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a safe and 99.9% effective contraception option for men who have completed their families or no longer wish to have children.
A small puncture/cut ("no scalpel") in the scrotal skin is used to access the vas deferens
and a short segment is removed. One end is tied off and the lumen of other end is cauterised (open ended technique). The wound is tiny which reduces pain, bleeding and risk of infection.
A vasectomy take about 20min to perform and is a day case at the Mackay Specialist Day Hospital. This can be done under local or general anaesthetic.
An expertly performed vasectomy minimises post vasectomy pain and preserves sexual sensation and ejaculation
Contact Dr Kenny Rao today and have your vasectomy performed by a specialist FRACS Urologic surgeon
Potential complications of a vasectomy
For several days following a vasectomy, the scrotum may experience slight pain and swelling. This settles with time and paracetamol or ibuprofen can help.
Other rare complications may include chronic pain, infection at the incision site, bleeding under the skin, and sperm granuloma, which is a tiny lump created when sperm leak from the vas deferens. The vas deferens can occasionally expand or re-join.
Up to 4% of individuals may initially experience pain following vasectomy as a result of back pressure from sperm buildup. Usually, this gets better after four weeks. Having prolonged discomfort after a vasectomy is uncommon but is a possibility. These people might need to get their vasectomy reversed.
Having you vasectomy performed by an expert Urologist greatly reduces your risk of having these complications.
What to expect after your vasectomy
Following you vasectomy, you should:
wear tight underwear to compress the scrotum + apply an ice pack
Avoid heavy lifting for a week
Avoid excessive hot environments and swimming
Avoid sexual activity for one week
A semen test is usually performed at 3 months following your vasectomy. It usually takes this time for all remaining sperm stored in the seminal vesicles to ejaculate or reabsorb. Alternative methods of contraception, such as condoms or the pill, must be used until a semen analysis test shows a negative sperm count.
What does No Scalpel Vasectomy mean?Often companies will market no scalpel vasectomy as a way of suggesting a "no cutting" operation. A vasectomy will always involve a puncture in the skin to gain access to the vas deferens. While a scalpel may not be used, a sharp specialised pair of dissecting forceps or needle point electrocautery device is needed to make a skin incision.
Where is my vasectomy performed?Dr Rao performs all his vasectomy surgeries in the safe and modern facilities at the Mackay Specialist Day Hospital in Mackay
Is a vasectomy covered by health insurance?In general, if you have private hospital cover, you should be covered for a vasectomy. You should always check with you health fund provider and quote the item number: 37623
How long does a vasectomy take?Your vasectomy takes between 20-30min to perform
What if I do not have private health insurance?The cost of a vasectomy is quite reasonable even if you do not have private health insurance. The Mackay Specialist Day Hospital offers discounted rates for self funding vasectomy patients. Please call our office on 4882 3111 to find out how we can help make a vasectomy an affordable and effective contraception option for you.
Will I still be able to ejaculate after a vasectomy?Yes. Sperm from the testes makes up only a small portion of the ejaculate. Your prostate will still produce semen and this will be ejaculated normally after a vasectomy.
Does a vasectomy cause cancer?No. This myth has been comprehensively debunked.
Does a vasectomy cause erectile dysfunction?No. A vasectomy does not affect your erectile function.