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Scalpel procedure

This procedure usually takes 15-20 minutes, and follows these steps:

Step 1. The first step is to inject local anaesthetic into the skin at the side of your scrotum to numb the area.

Local anaesthetic

Step 2. The surgeon will make a small incision in the scrotum and locate the vas (sperm-carrying tube).

Incision in scrotum

Step 3. The tube is then cut and tied or cauterised and sealed.

Tube is sealed

Step 4. A small piece of the tube is then removed.

A piece of the tube is removed

Step 5. This is repeated on the other side. Sometimes a second entry point is made, or sometimes both tubes can be reached through the same opening. The surgeon places the tube back into your scrotum.

Process is repeated on the other side

Step 6. If necessary, a dissolving stitch or two will be used to close the incision or entry point and a dressing will be placed over the wound.

Stitches and dressing applied