What is a Vasectomy?
The vas is the name of a tube that carries the sperms from each testicle, up into the groin and then deep inside the body of the base of the penis. A vasectomy means that the vas is cut just above each testicle and the ends are tied off. The sperms cannot pass into the penis, so you will no longer be fertile. However, you will still make fluid at intercourse.
How is the Operation Done?
If you are having a local anaesthetic you will be taken into theatre where you will get a local anaesthetic and you should have no pain during the procedure. However if you experience any pain during the procedure you should inform your consultant.
If the operation is done under a general anaesthetic, you will be completely asleep during the operation.
On rare occasions bleeding may occur after the operation, necessitating a return to theatre.
You will be discharged if you are eating and drinking and walking without feeling faint, have used the bathroom and have been reviewed by your consultant. You will be given a prescription for pain killers and/or an antibiotic (as per your consultant) and you are expected to take 1-2 days sick leave from work. Staff will organise a sick note for you.