Vasectomy is the procedure to cut the tubes ('vas deferens' ) that carries the sperm from the testes.
A segment of 'Vas' (1-2 cms) is removed.
Vasectomy will make a man sterile - ie unable to father children - permanently.
Vasectomy is a common surgical procedure undertaken by millions of men.
The aim of vasectomy is to provide permanent safe contraception. It is more reliable than other methods of birth-control such as condoms or withdrawal, or, for women such as the contraceptive pill, intra-uterine devices, diaphrams or other related methods,
For men, vasectomy is less complicated than tubal ligation, the permanent method of birth-control for women.
The surgical risks for men having vasectomy are fewer and less serious than for women having tubal ligation.
Vasectomy should NOT be undertaken by men who have any doubts about the decision not to have children.
Vasectomy surgery is relatively safe but does have risks. Despite high standards of surgery, complications can occur. The following complications are listed to inform you not to alarm you with respect to the procedure. These complications are NOT COMMON
- Swelling and/or bruising- you may experience some swelling or bruising after the procedure which may last for a few days. This can be relieved by taking pain killers or using ice packs.
-Infection – this is divided into 3 parts
a) Superficial skin infection
b) Deeper soft tissue infection which can occur 5 – 7 days after
c) Epididymitis or Orchitis (swelling) is sometimes more common in men who have had a vasectomy and occurs in the first year following surgery.
Your attention to symptoms of severe pain, swelling and redness of the scrotum is important. All of the above are treated successfully with antibiotics.
- Bleeding. Bleeding is uncommon. Less than 1%. However some people may experience a small amount of bleeding from where the opening was made. This is reduced by using a stitch at the operation. In few cases blood may collect deep inside the scrotum after a few days causing swelling and pain. It usually settles spontaneously but may require further treatment.
- Sperm granuloma – less than 1% of men develop a hard lump about the size of a pea as a result of sperm leakage from the cut ‘vas’. This occurs more commonly in ‘open end vasectomy’. It usually settles but sometimes requires surgery.
- Post vasectomy pain syndrome- this occurs in less than 1% of men and results in longstanding testicular pain. Discomfort may be felt in the scrotum, back or lower abdomen. This usually responds to anti-inflammatory medication and resolves spontaneously.
- Congestion- this is a sense of pressure in the testes and surrounding area and may cause some discomfort for a few weeks but resolves with time.
- Failure- as stated previously vasectomy is not guaranteed to be 100% effective. Despite the best technique fertility may occur. This usually occurs in the first few months and very rarely in the later months. As mentioned this is NOT COMMON.
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