At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital Mr Nikesh Thiruchelvam routinely carries out vasectomies. At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital this procedure can be carried out in outpatients in our fully equipped treatment room with the highest standards of cleanliness and infection control.

What's involved in a vasectomy (male sterilisation) operation?


A vasectomy is an operation to cut and seal off the tubes (called the vasa deferentia) that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. Having a vasectomy means you will not be able to father any more children.


Your surgeon will locate the tubes through the skin and make small incisions (less than 1cm) in both sides of the scrotum. Each exposed tube is cut, a small section is removed and the cut ends are sealed or tied. The cuts in the skin are closed using dissolvable stitches or adhesive strips.

The procedure normally takes only about 20 minutes, uses local anaesthetic, and you will be free to go home on the same day.

A vasectomy will not affect your sex drive, testosterone (male hormone) levels or erections. You may produce slightly less fluid when you ejaculate, but this isn't usually noticeable. The only difference is that the fluid will not contain sperm. Your body will still produce sperm, but they can't travel to your penis and so will be naturally re-absorbed.

Can a vasectomy be reversed?

Although there is an operation to reverse a vasectomy, it is not always successful so you need to be absolutely sure that you do not want any more children before deciding to have a vasectomy.

Is vasectomy surgery available on the NHS?

Male sterilisation or vasectomy surgery is currently being restricted by the NHS in some areas of the UK and waiting lists are becoming significantly longer. For these reasons many people opt for private vasectomy surgery.

Why should I consider having a vasectomy at a Spire hospital?

Whether you have medical insurance or are paying for your treatment yourself, with Spire Healthcare you will be seen quickly by the consultant-grade surgeon of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital with some of the UK's highest standards of cleanliness and infection control.

To find out more about having a vasectomy privately or to get a guide price, simply

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About Mr Nikesh Thiruchelvam

Having completed his medical degree at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London, Mr Thiruchelvam undertook his Basic Surgical Training in Ipswich, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. After a period of research at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Institute of Urology, UCL, he was awarded an MD by the University of London. He undertook his specialist training in the Wessex region, working in the large hospitals in Hampshire. During his research period and subsequent registrar training, he published numerous papers on all aspects of urology in leading international urological journals. Mr Thiruchelvam's subspecialist interest and development has taken him to leading units in London, Sheffield, USA (Dallas and North Carolina) and Australia, where he undertook a one year senior fellowship in Perth, Western Australia.

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