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Vasectomy

Vasectomy is a procedure to divide the sperm conducting tube (vas deferens) in the scrotum.  This tube carries sperm from the testicle into the body to be passed into the prostate.  This tube is surgically divided through a small operation and ensures a very secure means of contraception for the patient and his partner.

Vasectomy is performed as a short procedure under general anaesthetic.  Two small incisions are made, one on each side of the upper part of the scrotum.  The vas tubes are identified and divided in 2.  Both ends are securely tied and burnt with electrocautery to prevent any chance of the 2 ends joining back together.  The ends of the tubes are buried in separate muscular layers in the scrotum to provide additional security against these tubes joining back together.  A small amount of local anaesthetic is injected and dissolving sutures are used to close the skin.