Answers to common questions
Answers to common questions
Do I have to come in for a separate consultation?
The Vasectomist is happy for you to just book directly for an on-the-day consultation followed immediately afterwards by the vasectomy … but please read the answer to the next question!
When should I book just an initial consult?
Most men are suitable for a consultation immediately followed by the procedure. We call this an “On-the-day Vasectomy.”
We appreciate very much you making an appointment for a consultation-only when you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
We also ask that you make an initial consult if you have had any of the following conditions or operations down there before
The initial consultation is a standard 15 minute appointment.
What happens if I come for the vasectomy but am not suitable?
We try to make the service as convenient as possible by providing a “on-the-day” vasectomy service.
Most guys book an “on-the-day” vasectomy after completing the vasectomy request form.
Please be prepared for the possibility that you won’t be suitable for a same-day vasectomy. This situation occurs around 15% of the time. Under these circumstances, the deposit will be returned to you and you will be charged a small gap to cover just the consultation. You will probably be offered a referral to a hospital facility for a vasectomy under sedation.
Who is in The Room?
We will usually have an assistant in the room during the procedure to pass instruments.
However, some guys do not want an assistant in the room during the procedure. This is not a problem – please just let Dr Dick know at the time. The doctor is happy to perform the procedure without assistance.
How Long Does it Take?
The Vasectomy procedure itself will take around 20 to 30 minutes. However, we give twice as long as that for prepping / setting up, and another 15 minutes for the consultation. So we book appointments at 1 hour intervals. We are in no hurry and prefer to run ahead of time.
Will I Feel anything?
A common question 🙂
A special ultra-fine needle is used – you’re hardly (if at all) feel the needle itself but may feel some discomfort as the local anaesthetic go in. We do everything to minimise discomfort. The anaesthetic has none of the ‘stingey’ adrenaline that is used for skin and dental procedures.
Which Vasectomy Technique is Performed?
The full technique is described as a Local Anaesthetic, No Scalpel Vasectomy with In-Line Cautery, or LA NSV for short.
Read more about The technique under on our no scalpel vasectomy page.
How is The Vas Occluded?
The Vas (tube) on each side is occluded using In-Line Electro Cautery. No sutures are required. See No Scalpel Vasectomy for more details about vas occlusion.
What can I do during The Vasectomist?
You may have spotted that this question is underneath the one above!
You have some entertainment options 🙂
Can I bring my Wife or Partner?
Absolutely, we welcome your partner attending the consultation. She is also welcome to come into the procedure room although she won’t see much from her vantage point 🙂
What is The Cost for a Vasectomy?
The Cost to you for a Vasectomy is the Total Price paid to the clinic less The Medicare rebate. The details are found on our Vasectomy Pricing page.
Is There Parking & May I Drive Home?
There is on-site Parking directly outside The Suite.
You may of course make arrangements to be be driven home.
For guys driving home, the doctor will give you the go-ahead after the procedure.
As a general rule we advise the following for guys who are driving home:
How long should I take off work?
We do vasectomies on a friday and you can plan to be back to non-physical work the following monday.
Physical Work may require some time off work. Please ask Dr Dick for a medical certificate.
What if I need some advice afterwards?
You are encouraged to make contact afterwards if you have any worries or concerns.
You will be given the Dr Dick’s mobile number when you attend the clinic. Any advice or attendances to see Dr Dick afterwards will not incur any out of pocket expense.
Should I Shave before The Procedure?
You are advised to clip your hair before the procedure. It’s best to avoid a close wet shave unless you are used to doing this because bleeding is likely. In theory, bleeding from a close shave might increase slightly the risk of post operative infection.
It’s generally best to use an electric clipper and trim back to a stubble length of around 1mm. You may read more about preparing for my vasectomy.
Can I eat & drink normally on The Day of The Procedure?
Absolutely, you can eat and drink normally because no sedation is required.
How Long Before I get the All Clear?
We will give you everything you need to do a sample 16 weeks after The Vasectomy.
It cannot be emphasized enough that confirmation is always required to be sure of no surprises later.
All it takes is doing a sample at home and dropping it off at your local pathology provider at the pre-agreed time. It’s all in a day’s work and there’s no need to be embarrassed.
It’s surprising how many guys don’t get around to doing the post vasectomy sample and Dr Dick strongly encourages you to confirm that your vasectomy has been successful!
It’s surprising how many guys don’t get around to doing the post vasectomy sample.
Dr Dick strongly encourages you to confirm that your vasectomy has been successful!