MEET THE VASECTOMIST

In a nutshell, Dr ‘Dick’ Beatty is a dedicated Vasectomist, on a mission to provide the best possible vasectomy experience.

The driving force behind my vasectomy practice is that every procedure has to be a good experience.

OUR SERVICE

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INTRODUCING THE VASECTOMIST

Dr Beatty has performed nearly 5,000 vasectomies over more than a decade, and now performs well over 1,000 procedures annually around Brisbane and The Gold Coast.

Prior to 2015, he performed vasectomy alongside general practice. However, dedicated vasectomy clinics allow him to be ‘in the groove’ whilst patients benefit from a seamless service.

The first dedicated vasectomy clinic was opened in Capalaba in 2015 and relocated to his own clinic in Cleveland where the majority of the work is performed.

Additional clinics at Greenslopes and Ormeau were opened in 2018. The Greenslopes rooms relocated from Logan road to Greenslopes Private Hospital in October 2021. A fourth location opened in Clayfield in 2020.

Patients able to book a fair way ahead may prefer the convenience of a closer location. However, Your goal is to prevent pregnancy. Cleveland is likely to offer a sooner appointment – peace of mind that may come with a bit of extra travel time.

A little humour goes a long way to ease the process for guys who decide to get a vasectomy. The positive vibe and stress-free experience explain why our clients leave with a big smile on their face, ready to head home to chill on the couch, perhaps with a drink, and looking forward to a more certain future.

Only the doctor, yourself and/or your partner are present during the procedure. However, our staff will put you at ease, answer any questions and explain the aftercare. Our universally positive online reviews attest to the professionalism and care from Dr Beatty and the team.

The Most Up-to-date Procedure

NO-SCALPEL

Traditional vasectomy techniques gains access to the tubes (vas deferens) with a cut to each side of the ‘ball sac,’ leaving stitches on both sides.

The no-scalpel method gains access to both tubes via a tiny hole at the front of the scrotum. There are no stitches, and minimal trauma to the tissue also means you can return to work and physical activities sooner.

No-Scalpel is the vasectomy equivalent of ‘keyhole’ surgery but does not describe how the tubes are blocked.

OPEN-ENDED

Open-ended vasectomy is the gold standard method of blocking the tubes, with a higher success rate and less post-procedure discomfort than closed vasectomy.

Either clips or stitches can be used, and The Vasectomist switched from clips to absorbable stitches in 2019.

The open-ended method using stitches is the most technically demanding form of vasectomy, requiring considerable attention to detail. However, the outcomes are excellent.

YOUR EXPERIENCE

So what you can expect?

  • You are welcome to bring your partner, or you can fly solo with just you and Dr Beatty.
  • Kick off with the consultation, where the doctor will explain the benefits and minor risks of the procedure and confirm your wish to proceed.
  • Take a breath, hop on the couch, and slip your pants and jocks halfway down.
  • Warmed antiseptic solutions applied.
  • A sterile drape covers your private area.
  • The world’s finest needle (literally) glides through your skin.
  • Chat or listen to music, relaxing in the knowledge that you are in excellent hands.
  • You may feel some pressure for a few seconds on each side.
  • Hop off the couch, go through the aftercare, and stroll out!

The procedure takes around 20-25 minutes, made up of:

  • 5 minutes: preparation, including use of antiseptic
  • 5 minutes: numbing with the anaesthetic.
  • 15 minutes: The procedure itself

HOW IT’S DONE

No-scalpel and open-ended methods are combined to achieve optimal outcomes.

How is the procedure done?

  • A 3mm hole through the skin is made with a specialised instrument – meaning that no external stitches are required.
  • The left tube is gently lifted out of the skin to reveal the Vas Deferens (‘Vas’) and the outside layer called ‘fascia.’
  • Dissection separates the Vas from the fascia.
  • Electrocautery seals the inside lining of the upper end.
  • The Vas is now cleanly cut. The tube is somewhat elastic so that the upper end naturally drops into its fascial layer while the lower end remains outside the fascia held with forceps.
  • The fascia is coaxed over the ‘stump’ of the upper end and secured in place with an absorbable stitch.
  • The two ‘ends’ are now well and truly separated.
  • The Vas is released into the sac, with the two ends now truly separated.
  • The right tube is isolated, lifted through the same hole, and the process repeated.

Expertise is required to combine excellent surgical techniques with a fantastic patient experience.

SURGICAL AUDIT

The figures for 2020 show a rate of failure of 1 in 600, an infection rate of 1 in 300, haematoma 1 in 300, and post-vasectomy pain at three months of <1%. Vasectomies are audited using multiple methods of data collection.

1 in 600

Rate of Failure

1 in 300

Rate of Haematoma

1 in 300

Rate of Infection

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