Vasectomy is one of the most effective and popular methods of contraception, and takes around 20 minutes to perform under a local anaesthetic. 

At Wessex Andrology we use the well-established scalpel-free technique.  This is associated with fewer bleeding complications.

After an injection of local anaesthetic, the two vasa / tubes are drawn to the surface via a small cut in the middle of the scrotum, and a small section is removed from each. The ends are tied off and sealed with a cautery device.

A general anaesthetic is rarely necessary, but can be offered if required.

Vasectomy should be regarded as a permanent method of contraception, and although the vast majority of patients are pleased with the procedure, there is a small risk of complications to be aware of – including bleeding, infection, failure and long-term discomfort in the scrotum in a small number of men.

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