Before The Day
Ensure that you bring your Medicare card to process your health rebate for the procedure.
Absolutely, your partner is welcome to attend the consultation and the procedure itself. She won’t see any of the action from her vantage point! Her chair is placed beside your head, and the electric couch is raised to elbow height.
Yes! You are welcome to use your smartphone and play a game or listen to music. The more relaxed you are, the better.
The scrotum will need to be shaved or clipped. This is best done by yourself the before the procedure. The areas that need shaving are at the front and side of the scrotum. There is no need to shave above or behind the scrotum. Use either electric clippers or a beard trimmer if you have one.
For wet shaving:
Shaving very close can increase the chance of cutting the skin. It’s best to shave the day before your procedure.
Remember that the objective is to eliminate the long hairs at the front of the scrotum – stubble is fine.
The best way for you to be relaxed is to arrive in good time. Please ensure you let us know if you’re running late and we might suggest a later time.
We pride ourselves on being on time and having a dependable schedule.
Please do not take any anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Nurofen, Voltaren, Diclofenac) for at least three days before the procedure because this can increase bleeding. If you take some accidently, it’s unlikely unlikely to be an issue but please mention it to the doctor on the day.
It is generally advisable not to stop low dose aspirin when it’s been prescribed for established medical conditions like heart disease.
Other types of “blood thinners” such as plavix, clopidogrel and especially the newer “anti platelets” tend to cause more of a bleeding problem than aspirin. They were prescribed for good reasons to begin with so specialist advice may be required.
You’ll feel movement and a tugging sensation during the procedure (but not pain). Most patients cope really well with this and say afterwards it wasn’t as bad as they thought. On the other hand, if you are not good at distracting yourself or relaxing, then just ask the clinic for a valium script to take an hour before. There’s no shame in asking for some extra help.
The dose of valium is 10mg of diazepam taken one hour before the procedure. Just let the clinic staff know and you can pick up the script beforehand. You have to arrive an hour earlier than normal so that you can see the doctor and sign the consent form. Take the valium 45 minutes before the procedure so it’ll have the desired effect. You’ll need someone to drive you home.