Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure performed in order to block the passage of sperm from the testes and therefore to provide a very effective and permanent method of birth control.
There are variations in the technique performed. The doctor who will perform the vasectomy at the Vasectomy Venue Southport is Dr Matthew Valentine who uses the latest vasectomy improvement which is called either the no scalpel vasectomy technique, or keyhole vasectomy, or an open ended vasectomy.
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Dr Matthew Valentine joined Vasectomy Venue in 2021.
Dr Valentine is a general Practitioner (GP) and fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He graduated from the University of Adelaide (AU) in 2000 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a medical officer until 2007 when he entered civilian General Practice.
To date Dr Valentine has completed over 5000 vasectomy procedures and has been performing vasectomies in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and in regional QLD since 2008.
Dr Valentine was initially trained in the traditional vasectomy technique, but after completing further training in the USA he now uses the No Scalpel Open Ended Vasectomy technique which research has shown has better outcomes.*
* The no‐scalpel approach to the vas resulted in less bleeding, hematoma, infection, and pain as well as a shorter operation time than the traditional incision technique. No difference in effectiveness was found between the two approaches.
The vas deferens cord is cut and sealed at one end and no stitches are required.
The open ended no scalpel vasectomy is being adopted as the preferred technique because it has fewer complications.
Vasectomy should be considered permanent contraception. It can be reversed, and sperm can be stored beforehand, and sperm can also be aspirated from the testes post vasectomy. These options are not guaranteed to work, plus they are expensive and complicated and therefore should not be considered amongst reasons to proceed with getting a vasectomy.
Please remember vasectomy is not immediately effective. Follow up semen samples are required to ensure sperm clearance. Contraception must continue until you are advised the semen is clear.
Vasectomy is contraception only. You should expect to have normal testes, hormones, erections, ejaculation and libido after the procedure. Many men claim their sex life is better once the worry of pregnancy risk is removed.
Vasectomy is effective contraception. It is generally accepted that vasectomy failure rates are around one in one thousand because of spontaneous rejoining and opening of the tube. This is many times safer than hormonal or barrier contraception methods.
You should expect the procedure to go smoothly. Complications are few and unlikely.
Some of these include: bleeding, infection, reactions to the drugs given, sperm granuloma – small nodules related to sperm leak from the cut end of the vas deferens and post vasectomy pain syndrome can occur, but usually resolves spontaneously. Long term problems like heart disease and cancers of the prostate and testes have not been shown to be related to vasectomy.
What about pain during vasectomy? We take great care to prevent this. You will be given some sedation and pain relieving medications and some local anaesthetic to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable throughout this 20-30 minute procedure. Some men prefer to have local anaesthetic only so they can drive home.
Before your vasectomy a consultation to explain the procedure and to ensure you are a suitable candidate for no scalpel vasectomy is desirable. You should shave the scrotum and pubic area and thoroughly clean the groin and scrotum. Food and fluid should be avoided 4 hours before the procedure
After your vasectomy someone should drive you home. You should lie down on the day of the procedure, apply ice packs at intervals and plan an easy day the next day. Some men wish to drive home. This can be permitted if no sedation is given. Generally men having a vasectomy prefer to have some medication to relax and sedate them. Often this will mean sleeping through the vasectomy procedure.