Vasectomy - Non Scalpel
What is non-scalpel vasectomy?
What is non-scalpel vasectomy?
Non-scalpel vasectomy uses a unique method of incision. Compared to more conventional methods, clients can benefit from a shorter operating time, less pain and swelling, and faster recovery.
How does it work?
Who can have a non-scalpel vasectomy?
Research shows that more men regret vasectomy if they had the operation when they were under 30, had no children or were not in a relationship. You should not decide to have a vasectomy if you are not completely sure or if you are under any stress, for example if your partner has recently given birth, had a miscarriage or abortion or if you have any family or relationship crisis. If you are in a relationship, we strongly advise you to talk this through with your partner, however their consent is not required.
A bpas doctor or nurse will carry out a medical assessment at your consultation appointment.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Can I bring anyone with me?
You should not drive yourself home after the operation.
What happens when I get to the Daycare Unit?
What happens during the procedure?
The stages of non-scalpel vasectomy operation
1. After cleaning the area with an antiseptic, the doctor will inject the skin of your scrotum with a local anaesthetic. The local anaesthetic will ensure the area is numb, but you may experience a tug or pulling sensation in the scrotum or groin during the procedure.
2. Using cautery and a fine instrument, the surgeon will make a small opening in the skin of the scrotum in order to locate the vas deferens (sperm carrying tubes). The doctor will identify the first vas.
3. A section of the vas is then sealed using cautery.
4. The doctor will identify the second vas through the same opening. A section of this vas is then sealed using cautery.
5. Finally, the wound is sealed using cautery. No stitches are required.
A health care professional will take you to a recovery room where you can relax with a tea or coffee.
How long will it take me to recover?
You will receive an after-care pack including specimen pots for semen analyses and are then free to go home.
How long will I be at the Daycare Unit?
What happens afterwards?
You can ring the Clinic if you have any concerns. You can also call the bpas Post Treatment Support Line on 0800 247 1122 in case you have any problems. This line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We recommend that you:
Occasionally, some men experience a painful swelling, with or without discharge, or develop an infection. If this happens, see your own GP or a bpas doctor as soon as possible.
Will I be in pain?
Will the operation reduce my sex drive?
How safe is a vasectomy?
Any risk with prostate cancer is still unproven
Is vasectomy effective immediately?
Two consecutive sperm-free samples are required before we can confirm the procedure has been successful. For some clients this will involve producing a monthly sample over a period of some months. It is therefore important that contraception is used until we give you the all clear.
Collection of samples
The second sample should be sent no sooner than 4 weeks later
Abstain from ejaculation for 2 days (but not more than 7 days) before producing your sample
Mark the containers with your name, date of birth and index number (provided at the clinic)
Collect your sample by ejaculating into one of the containers provided
Complete the details on the return slip and place container and slip in the prepaid postal box supplied
How will I know that the vasectomy has been successful?
It can take 6-7 months before some men will have semen samples that are sperm-free.
Rarely, a small number of sperm that do not move will remain in the sample even after this time. No pregnancies have been reported with this finding. In this case, you may be given a "special clearance" letter that confirms that the procedure was successful.
Can I reverse my vasectomy?
Other contraceptive options include female sterilisation and short or long acting reversible contraception for women, all of which can be provided by bpas.
You should use another form of contraception until we write to you to confirm that your semen is sperm-free or you have been given a "special clearance" letter.