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VASECTOMY

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Our doctors have over 30 years of experience in performing these procedures for males. Our centre is equipped with dedicated consulting rooms and surgical theatres, with a team of skilled support staff for your aftercare.

 

What is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is the surgical procedure for permanent male sterilisation.

During ejaculation, sperm is combined with other fluids to make up the ejaculate. The volume made up by the sperm is only one per cent and so there is no noticeable change in the volume of ejaculate after a vasectomy procedure. Some weeks after the procedure, the reserve of sperm in the seminal vesicles will gradually deplete and then infertility is achieved. The doctor will provide pathology forms for sample testing to be done eight weeks after the procedure. It takes this long for the reservoir of sperm to deplete.

Sex drive remains unaltered. The levels of male hormone (testosterone) are unaffected by the operation as this hormone is carried by the blood stream directly from the testis.

The procedure reliability is very good and the late failure rate (tubes spontaneously re-joining) is about 1 in 1,000.

Vasectomy Procedure

Before the procedure

  • You can save the doctor time by shaving your scrotum prior to the operation.
  • Please do not take aspirin, anti-inflammatories, or fish oil in the week prior to your procedure as these can increase bruising.
  • You should plan three days off work for recovery time. Should you have a complication such as excessive bruising, you may need several weeks to recover.
  • You may drive yourself to and from the centre unless you are having medication for sedation, in which case you need a driver. Partners are welcome to sit in.
  • If you are likely to suffer excessive anxiety during the operation, we can provide sedation via oral medication. This needs to be discussed at your first consultation.

 

The procedure

  • You will remain awake throughout the procedure.
  • Pain relief is via local anaesthetic.
  • We use the "no scalpel" method which gives a smaller skin puncture and therefore carries less complications.
  • Two to three centimetres of tube are removed from each side. The top ends of the tubes are cauterised, and the bottom ends are left open.

 

Post-operative care

  • Men generally tolerate the operation very well and are surprised how little pain they endured.
  • It is prudent to rest for the first 24 hours and then take things quietly for the next two days. Some pain over these three days is not unusual and you may use simple analgesia such as paracetamol or codeine for pain relief.
  • Some bruising visible under the skin is not uncommon but please report any excessive bruising. Showering and normal bathing is fine.
  • You should avoid strenuous physical activity for two days or longer if you are uncomfortable. You may resume sexual activity after two days if you are pain free.

Sterility

Please consider yourself fertile until proven otherwise after testing. Most men onIy require one semen test at eight weeks post-operatively. You will be supplied with some pathology forms and specimen bottles at your first visit. Please discuss the test results with the doctor.

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174 Hancock Road, Ridgehaven, SA 5097
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Parking Instructions: On-site parking is available in the car park behind the centre.

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Full-body skin examinations

Regular full-body skin examinations are vital for catching cancers before they become serious. Skin exams take about 15 - 30 minutes, and the doctor will start by asking about your skin cancer risk factors and general health. You will need to undress to your underwear. If you wish, we can provide a blanket or gown for you to wear while the doctor inspects your body from head to toe, looking for abnormal moles or spots. We will not examine the genital area unless you have any spots in that region which particularly concern you.

Assessment with dermoscopy

The doctor will closely examine any unusual spots using a dermatoscope. This close-up perspective helps us assess whether a mole is normal or abnormal. It is a completely painless process that has been proven to increase the rate of skin cancer detection. We may also photograph a few spots to monitor changes over time, as this can be indicative of skin cancer.

Diagnosis through biopsies

If the doctor finds a suspicious spot that might be skin cancer, a sample of skin will be removed and sent to a pathology lab to be thoroughly examined under a microscope. This is called a biopsy, and it helps confirm whether the suspicious spot is cancerous. The most common biopsy techniques are shave and punch biopsies, which are both done under a local anaesthetic. A shave biopsy involves shaving off the top layer of skin with a small surgical blade, while a punch biopsy uses a tool like a tiny cookie cutter to remove all the layers of skin.

Skin cancer treatments

The treatment you receive for skin cancer will depend on the type, size and location of the skin cancer, and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. We offer various surgical and non-surgical treatments, including excisions of the tumour and surrounding tissue to ensure all the cancerous cells are entirely removed, curettage which is the method of scraping and burning the skin cancer, cryotherapy which is the method of freezing off the skin cancer with liquid nitrogen, and topical applications of creams that stimulate the immune system and destroy skin cancer.