A No-Scalpel Vasectomy is a safe procedure with a low risk of side effects carried out as a day procedure. You do not need to be admitted to hospital to undergo vasectomy, and patients return to normal activities after a couple of days. It is performed under local anaesthetic. You may choose to have your vasectomy while sedated (very sleepy), in which case you will need a lift home.
During your Vasectomy, the tube that carries sperm from your testes to mix with your semen is divided. This tube is called the Vas Deferens. A very small opening is made in the skin and the tube is divided through this opening. The ends of the divided tube are sealed. The skin opening is so small that no scalpel is required and no sutures (stitches) are needed to seal this wound. It will heal in 24 to 36 hours. Once the Vas Deferens (tube) is divided it will prevents any further sperm becoming part of your semen. When success is confirmed following your surgery, vasectomy prevents conception following intercourse.
What are the risks of vasectomy?
The risk is small. An infection can usually be treated effectively with antibiotics.
It is common to experience a little swelling or bruising which can be relieved with painkillers and an ice pack. A small, pea-sized lump (sperm granuloma) may develop around the wound and last for a while. This is your body’s natural reaction to the healing process, and usually needs no special treatment.
A small amount of bleeding is not uncommon. This may form a swelling called a haematoma, particularly if you have been very physically active in the first day two after your Vasectomy. A haematoma can be painful, but subsides over time. In rare cases, further treatment may be needed.
A very small number of men have been known to experience testicular pain for several years following a vasectomy.
Does vasectomy increase the risk of cancer?
There is no firm evidence linking vasectomy to cancer of the prostate or testicle. However, we advise all men, whether or not they have had a Vasectomy, to undergo regular health screening. It is also important to get into the habit of regularly checking your own testicles for lumps.
Are there any alternatives to vasectomy?
There are very few methods of contraception for men, either vasectomy or condoms. If you have doubts about whether or not you will want to have children in the future, you should choose another method instead of male or female sterilization.
Interested in a consultation?
Contact First Choice Vasectomy at Bath Avenue Medical Centre, Dublin 4.
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