Planning, preparation, your visit, aftercare, your test
Is it Dr Dick at each clinic?
Can I have a vasectomy in one visit?
- You have any uncertainties about ‘getting the snip’
- You are age under 30 without children.
- You are age under 25 (with or without children).
- Your BMI is greater than 48. You can calculate your BMI here.
For a consultation-only simply follow this link to schedule a ‘vasectomy suitability check’ – these appointments are only available in Cleveland. Please note you won’t pay more for deciding to visit us in advance. Your combined out of pocket costs for a vasectomy suitability check and later vasectomy will be the same.
Do I need sedation?
Sedation is not required. Furthermore, we actively discourage sedation.
The most powerful relaxant is banter – even if it’s one-way!
How long does Vasectomy take to perform?
Can my partner come in with me?
How should I shave before Vasectomy?
Before the vasectomy, the area to shave or clip should include the upper front and side of the scrotum (‘the sac’). The tiny incision is higher up in the midline than many guys think. Lift your penis out of the way to get to the area of the sac that needs the most attention.
Go higher than you think!
What should I wear at the Vasectomy appointment?
When can I have a shower after vasectomy?
Should I eat before Vasectomy?
What should I bring to the appointment?
- Your Medicare card.
A payment card (non amex).
Should I stop medication before vasectomy?
Men taking blood thinners may still go ahead and book an appointment. However, please let us know in advance the name of the medication and the reason for taking it.
Which clinics have parking?
Free Onsite Parking is available at all of our locations.
- Cleveland – free parking adjacent or behind the building
- Kedron – free underground car parking (we validate your ticket)
- Coomera – free underground parking
- Springfield – parking on the other side of the road from the building
- Greenslopes hospital – park in the ‘orange car park’ – reasonable price car park < $20
We pride ourselves on being on time.
The best way for you to be relaxed is to arrive in good time! Please note that latecomers may be asked to reschedule in order to avoid the next guy having to wait. A return trip with both tubes intact is very disappointing for all concerned. We also understand that Gold Coast & Brisbane traffic can be congested, so phone us if you’re running late.
Plan to walk through the door 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time to give yourself enough time to go to settle in and /or go to the toilet for that last-minute nervous pee!
Who do I see at the clinic?
Patients may be visiting other healthcare professionals in Kedron and Coomera. Still, you will only communicate with Dr Dick Beatty and The Vasectomist team who accompany him to the visiting clinics.
Dr Dick Beatty will welcome you +/- your partner into the consulting room and discuss the following:
- The benefits of vasectomy.
- The small risks of the procedure.
- Some aspects of aftercare
In addition, The Vasectomist care lead goes through your aftercare following the procedure.
Is everyone suitable for a vasectomy?
Reasons for being unsuitable are:
- Anatomy is rarely (<1%) not suitable for no-scalpel vasectomy. For example, very raised BMI and/or high testes.
- The risk of regret.
- You are not comfortable with the small risks of the procedure
- You are simply unsure whether to proceed.
The deposit is refunded, and you are charged a small out-of-pocket expense to cover the consultation.
Can I leave straight away?
Can I drive home?
We allow you to drive home after the procedure. Nothing expressly excludes driving home after a vasectomy – any more than driving home after a tooth extraction or blood donation.
As a general rule:
- Wait at least 20 minutes before getting into the car.
- Be 100% sure you feel fine before driving.
It is possible to feel lightheaded after you leave the clinic, just like after a blood test or dental procedure. Driving in the slow lane is prudent.
The bottom line is that it is generally safe to drive home afterwards as long as you feel fine after the procedure and don’t jump into the car immediately. You will be given the all-clear to leave by the staff at the clinic.
Can I contact the doctor aftewards?
A follow up face-to-face appointment is rarely required. You may be asked to travel to Cleveland for the appointment, or prefer to see your own GP.
What should I do when I get home after Vasectomy?
The Anaesthetic wears off after 3 hours. Pain relief is not routinely required, but Ibuprofen (Nurofen) may be taken thrice daily.
Shower the dressing off the next morning, and replace it with one bandaid daily (we supply) for the next week.
Continue with supportive underwear during the day for at least three days – longer if you feel it helps.
Avoid lifting >25kg for the first five days.
When can I return to work after Vasectomy?
If you require a medical certificate, please ask Dr Beatty or our friendly staff to organise this for you on the day.
How soon can I have sex after Vasectomy?
Play it safe, not with fire!
When can I get back into sport and exercise after Vasectomy?
What should I look out for after the vasectomy?
You don’t need to look out for anything because significant complications are rare, and the symptoms can’t be ignored. Most men with pain after the procedure do not have any complications.
BLEEDING FROM THE WOUND
Superficial Bleeding onto, or even through, the bandaid may occur in the 1st 2-3 hrs. Apply 10 minutes of firm pressure followed by an ice pack (over a towel) for 20 minutes. Finally, apply a fresh dressing. Bruising is common but settles down within ten days. The bruising may occasionally look impressive but is itself harmless.
Both bleeding around the dressing and bruising are caused by bleeding from tiny blood vessels near the wound’s surface. This type of bleeding is annoying but harmless.
Swelling is rare and may be caused by Haematoma or infection.
Dr Dick Beatty finds it useful to distinguish ‘visible swelling’ (looking obviously swollen) from the ‘feeling’ of swelling. The best test is a photo.
Haematoma (internal bleeding) occurs in fewer than 1% of Vasectomies. The scrotum becomes swollen and painful. Haematoma typically occurs in the first 3-4 days of the procedure, only rarely on the same day as the procedure. Bleeding eventually stops, and the blood clot is gradually absorbed. A severe haematoma can take three months to resolve but may be painful.
Infection also causes pain and swelling. Furthermore, the skin may be red and/or hot. However, the normal healing process may also be inflammatory in some men. Therefore, mild swelling and pain without significant swelling are often monitored without the need for antibiotics.
Can you get blood in the semen?
Blood in the semen can be alarming. However, a little blood in the semen after the vasectomy is quite normal – for up to 3 months or more.
When do I do the Post-Vasectomy sample?
Very sexually active men – ejaculating at least three times per week – could test at 12 or 13 weeks. However, reconnection of the vas deferens can occur anytime until then, so do not test before 10 weeks.
How do I do the Post-Vasectomy sample?
This is your golden ticket to know that you are “shooting blanks”!
- You will be provided with a request form and seminal fluid pot before you leave the clinic.
- Phone your pathology collection centre before you collect your sample. They will advise you what time to arrive with the sample.
DOING YOUR SAMPLE
- Abstain from ejaculation for 2-5 days prior to the test.
- You (usually you!) collect the sample into a pot. Make sure you catch the whole sample!
- Write the time of collection on the pot – this is essential.
- Take the sample straight to the collection centre.
COMMON REASONS FOR NEEDING TO REPEAT THE TEST :
- Small volume of semen. Normal ejaculate volume is 2-6mls. A sample of < 1ml may need to be repeated. Remember to abstain, and be sure to collect the whole sample.
- Make doubly sure you write the time of the ejaculation on the pot.
Where shall I take the sample, and which lab does the test?
QML Pathology accepts samples anytime during their office hours at the following regional locations:
Murarrie, Everton Park, St Andrew’s Private Hospital, Wesley Hospital, Morayfield, and North Lakes.
However, many other QML collection centres accept fresh samples with prior arrangements. Each collection centre will offer you one or two times.
You don’t want to go to the trouble of doing a sample and finding out that the collection centre won’t accept it. Find your closest QML website by selecting ‘Semen Fertility Analysis’ and phone the collection centre for a dropoff time.
Sullivan & Nicolaides accept samples at just two locations – Bowen Hills and Southport. We confirmed in march 2021 that SNP ‘accept Semen samples at their main HQ in Bowen Hills. Monday – Friday 7am – 6 pm. No need to set a time. Just bring it in within the hour; otherwise, they have facilities on site to do the sample.’ However, you should obtain up-to-date information and can directly search here for for SNP locations that accept Semen fluid samples.
What is the price of a test?
The potential cost of skipping the test goes without saying.
How do I get the results of the post-vasectomy sample?
Please contact the clinic if you have not received your result within two working days.
All results are sent to you within 3 working days.
I order of likelihood, the reasons you may not have received your result within 3 days are
- Email has gone to your junk folder
- Done your test outside Queensland? The result is usually sent by ‘snail mail’
- Your mobile phone number or email on your registration form is incorrect