Generally, the procedure takes about 10-20 minutes.
There is no minimum age as such for a vasectomy. However, if you are under the age of 30 and have fewer than 2 children, we ask that you book in for a consult to discuss your situation before committing to vasectomy. We like to know that you have thought about the ramifications of vasectomy and the options available for you prior to undergoing a potentially irreversible procedure. Please read here for more information.
Vasectomy is an affordable form of contraception. The costs of vasectomy provided by Dr Ranaweera can be seen here.
It is true that vasectomy can be reversed. This is usually done with microsurgery to bring the two end of the vas deferens together (vasovasotomy) or to bring the vas to the epididymis (vasoepididymostomy). However, vasectomy should be regarded as an irreversible form of contraception. This is because reversals are not always successful and if a man goes into a vasectomy expecting it to be successfully reversed later down the line, he may be proven to be disappointed.
An alternative to vasectomy is sperm retrieval which maybe offered by specialized fertility clinics.
No-scalpel vasectomy is regarded as a low-risk office procedure. To find out more about the risks of vasectomy click here.
The no-scalpel technique was developed in China in 1974 by Dr Shunqiang Li. Conventional vasectomy involves a scalpel incision to both sides of the scrotum and sharp dissection to gain access the vas deferens tubes. The no scalpel technique involves puncturing the scrotal skin with one entry into the middle of the scrotum. No scalpel is used to puncture the skin or importantly in the dissection to isolate the vas deferens. This technique has proven to reduce complication risk by 10 times. In addition, the procedure itself is more comfortable during and also after as no stitch is required to close the skin.