Dr Dick Beatty knows a thing or two about ‘crown jewels’, not least because he was brought up a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle! He went to medical school in Southampton, and onto postgraduate medical training at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge. He subsequently developed an interest in men’s health and was accepted onto The UK’s formal vasectomy training programme – the FSRH Special Skills Module Certificate in Vasectomy that assesses the doctor on approximately 40 patients. There is no equivalent training programme in Australia.
Every year, dozens of Australian doctors start out training vasectomy on plastic model. Only a handful of doctors perform the majority of Australian Vasectomies. Dr Beatty is one of them, performing over 1,000 vasectomies per year around Brisbane and The Gold Coast.
Surgical technique was refined under Dr Laurel Spooner, the UK’s ‘mother of vasectomy’, and Dr Dough Stein, The American Vasectomist who starred in the movie ‘The Vasectomist.’
His technique is described as no scalpel, open ended clip-free vasectomy. Fascial interposition is performed using absorbable suture.
The relevant qualifications are: BM (SOTON), MRCP(UK) FRACGP Cert LA Vasectomy(UK). Dr Beatty is a current Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The AHPRA Specialist registration is MED0001798452.