A vasectomy is a simple procedure where a tube, called the vas deferens, is cut to cause a male to become sterile.

The vas deferens (vas) is responsible for carrying sperm from the testicle to form part of semen.  However, most men will not notice any difference in their semen because the sperm make up a very small portion of the semen.

How long does a vasectomy take to perform?

For most men, a vasectomy will be completed within approximately 20 minutes.

Is a vasectomy done under a general anaesthetic?

Although a vasectomy can be done under a general anaesthetic, this would involve a specialist, anaesthetist and an admission to hospital.

Casey Medical Centre does not have the facilities to provide a full general anaesthetic, or even sedation, and so the procedure can only performed under local anaesthetic.

Can I drive home after my vasectomy?

Because the procedure doesn’t involve anaesthetic drugs, you are able to drive yourself home after your vasectomy.  However, it is always better if somebody else drives you.

How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy and when can I return to work?

Most men have completely recovered from a vasectomy within about 7 days, but occasionally this may take up to two weeks.

The question regarding a return to work is dependent on the type of work you do.  If your employment does not involve heavy lifting, you can return to work virtually straight away.  However, it is not recommended for you to lift anything ‘heavy’ for approximately one week so this needs to be considered when planning your vasectomy. 

If this is the case, you may want to arrange lighter duties, or time off work while you recover from your vasectomy.

Is a vasectomy reversible?

Vasectomy should be considered an irreversible procedure.  You shouldn’t plan to have a vasectomy if there is any possibility you could want to have children in the future.

However, if you decide to have a reversal of the vasectomy, your chances of fertility depend on the length of time since your vasectomy – the success rates declining with increasing time since the initial vasectomy.

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