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A vasectomy is an effective and virtually irreversible form of contraception for men. The operation is quicker, easier and more effective than female sterilisation.

The operation must be thought about very carefully as this operation is virtually permanent. Our consultants will be happy to discuss the reasons prior to any operation for each individual.

The operation is usually performed under local anaesthetic and involves the surgeon cutting the tube that moves the sperm from the testicles to the penis. Once the tube is cut sperm can no longer travel to the penis to join the semen that is ejaculated during intercourse.

The procedure is not quite 100% reliable with an extremely small percentage of men becoming fertile again at some point in their lives. This happens when the tubes that have been cut re-engage over time.

A small incision is made in the numbed areas of the skin on either side of the testicles. Underneath can be seen the tube that transports the sperm which can be simply cut with a scalpel. The alternative to this type of surgery is the use of Diathermy which utilises a laser which will cut the skin and stop the bleeding immediately.

The small cuts to the skin are then stitched neatly using dissolvable stitches. 

The operation will take approximately 15 minutes. 

The patient will experience some pain and discomfort in the days following the operation and strenuous exercise is not recommended for a period of time.

Regular light exercise and the wearing of tight underwear can help aid the recovery process and patients should return to normal activity after a period of approximately two weeks.

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If the patient is paying for their own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551