A vasectomy is a surgical procedure to prevent a male from reproducing. The operation is a day case using a general anaesthetic. Small incisions are made on either side of the scrotum and the vas deferens (sperm tube) is located, cut and sutured.

Sterility does NOT occur immediately following the procedure. After the vasectomy you will be required to supply a semen specimen to test for the presence of sperm. Again, the surgeon will advise you.

A vasectomy should be considered permanent and although may be reversed, this is sometimes not successful. Complications of vasectomy are rare and may involve bruising, swelling, discomfort and infection.

After an anesthetic

If you have had a general anaesthetic, for 24 hours following, you MUST NOT

  • Drive a car
  • Operate machinery
  • Handle hot cooking utensils
  • Drink alcohol
  • Conduct business or sign documents

Discharge from hospital

Generally two to four hours after the surgery, you will be able to return home. An adult must accompany you and stay with you overnight.

After vasectomy

  • You may experience some minor swelling, bruising and discomfort. The wound may ooze slightly. This is not a problem.
  • The support of firm underpants (brief/jockey type) worn day and night for a week may be more comfortable.
  • Panadol or similar may be taken for discomfort.
  • You may shower after the procedure.
  • Plan to rest 1-2 days after the procedure.
  • Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 5 days. Your activity level may increase, as you feel comfortable.
  • Contraception must be continued until your sperm count is negative. Each urologist has his own timeframe and will advise you when you need to submit your sample). Your urologist will notify you of the results in writing soon after the specimen. Occasionally, some men take longer to exhaust their reservoirs of sperm and may require repeat sperm counts.
  • Wound infection
  • Significant bleeding, bruising or swelling


If any problems do arise, telephone your Urologist or your local doctor. You may also contact the Urology Nurse at 8415 1915




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