Vasectomy Procedure (Male Sterilisation)

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilisation, that is, surgery which makes a man unable to conceive. It involves severing the vas deferens (the tube linking the testicles to the ejaculatory ducts in the penis) and in most cases blocking or tying one or both of the severed ends. This effectively blocks the path by which sperm leave the testes and therefore makes a man permanently sterile.

Vasectomy is a simple surgical procedure that takes around 15 minutes and can be performed in a clinic or hospital under local or general anaesthetic. In most cases, and whenever possible, the procedure should be conducted under local anaesthetic, due to the additional risks and recovery time associated with general anaesthetic.

The vasectomy procedure involves two distinct stages. First the vas are accessed and severed. Secondly the severed ends of the tube are tied or blocked. These modifications prevent sperm travelling from the testes to the ejaculatory ducts.