If you and your partner decide you no longer want to have children, a vasectomy may be the answer. During a minor operation, the tubes that carry sperm from a man’s testicles to the penis are cut, blocked or sealed.
A vasectomy is more than 99% effective. Having a vasectomy will not protect against sexually transmitted infections, so you will still need to use condoms to protect yourself and your partner.
The traditional technique, called conventional vasectomy, involves making two small incisions in the scrotum (the pouch of skin that surrounds your testicles) using a scalpel (surgical knife).
A local anaesthetic is given before the procedure which numbs the area. A small incision is made in the scrotum to locate and seal the vas deferens (sperm carrying tubes). The incision is very small and no stitches are needed. The small incision is then protected via a dressing and the procedure is complete.
It’s common to have some discomfort, swelling and bruising of your scrotum for a few days after the vasectomy. You may have blood in your semen in the first few ejaculations after the procedure, but this is also common.
A semen analysis is performed at 12 and 16 weeks to check it is clear of sperm and that the procedure has been effective.
A vasectomy has no effect on sex drive or ability to enjoy sex. You will still have erections and ejaculate normally. The only difference is that your semen will not contain sperm.
Why have a vasectomy at Baddow Hospital?
Whilst you can have a vasectomy through your local GP, the waiting lists are usually rather full up. That’s where Baddow Hospital can step in.
If you make an enquiry, you will quickly be scheduled to see one of our specialist urology consultants who will talk you through your options. Following this, you will be booked in to have your surgery and provided with the post-procedure care you need and deserve.
A private hospital such as Baddow Hospital offers a smooth, hassle-free process from your very first enquiry to your post-procedure check-ups. In a highly clinical and professional environment, you can rest assured, knowing you’re in good hands every step of the way.
What is a vasectomy reversal?
It is possible to have a vasectomy reversed, however, the procedure is not always successful. A vasectomy reversal is the procedure of reconnecting the vas deferens (sperm-carrying tubes) that were cut or sealed during your vasectomy. The result of this surgery is for sperm to be present in the semen once again, usually for purposes of regaining fertility. Carried out under general anaesthetic, patients are often able to return home within 24 hours after surgery.
Success rates for a vasectomy reversal vary from person to person and are usually dependent on how long it has been since your vasectomy took place. In any case, you should contact your consultant to find out more information about the procedure as they will be able to answer any questions or uncertainty you may have.
A vasectomy reversal is usually unavailable through the NHS, so a private hospital such as Baddow Hospital is ideal for this type of surgery, ensuring comfort and care in an excellent clinical environment.
If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation with one of our renowned Urology consultants, please fill in the form below or call us on 01245 474070.