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A vasectomy is a quick and simple procedure that usually takes 20-30 minutes to perform. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic as day case surgery. This means only your scrotum and testicles will be anaesthetised and you will be awake for the procedure. You will not feel any pain, although it may feel slightly uncomfortable, and you will be able to go home the same day.
Your consultant will make one or two small incisions in the scrotum. The two tubes (known as the vas) that carry sperm from the testicles are located by your consultant and a section removed. The ends of both vas are then tied and separated using a layer of tissue. The skin is closed with dissolving sutures which will take approximately two weeks to disappear.
After the operation you will still need to use another method of contraception as it takes time to flush all the remaining sperm form the tubes. You will be asked to send in two semen samples at 12 and 16 weeks after the operation. If both specimens are free of sperm you will be informed that your Vasectomy is complete and you no longer need to use alternate contraception.
You can refer yourself for a vasectomy or be referred by your GP or The Family Planning Service.
Appointments are available at The Edinburgh Clinic every weekday until early evening. At your initial consultation we will check your overall health to ensure that you are suitable to have the procedure under local anaesthetic. Your consultant will also explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Vasectomy counselling, prior to the procedure, is an important aspect of your care and will be included in your initial consultation unless you have been referred from The Family Planning Service and have already received counselling.
Following your consultation, a convenient operation date will be booked to suit your schedule and with little or no waiting time.
Please note this is unlikely to be covered by any private medical insurance you may have.