Over 100,000 men in the UK have a vasectomy each year. Having a vasectomy is not a decision to be taken lightly - any man who decides that he does not want to have any more children (or any children at all) needs to be absolutely sure of this decision as vasectomy is considered a permanent procedure.
The team of consultant urologists at Spire Leeds Hospital carry out vasectomies routinely in their clinics.
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.
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