Answers to common questions
Answers to common questions
What is The Cost?
The Cost to you (The ‘out of pocket cost’ after the medicare rebate) is $495. The details are found on our Vasectomy Pricing page.
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?
Dr Dick Beatty has an assistant in the room during the procedure.
However, some guys do not want (for whatever reason) an assistant in the room during the procedure. This is not a problem – please just let Dr Dick know during the pre-snip consultation.
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 Vasectomy?
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 🙂
Is There Parking & May I Drive Home?
There is on-site Parking directly outside all of our Premises.
You may of course make arrangements to be be driven home.
For guys driving home, the doctor will confirm the go-ahead after the procedure.
As a general rule we advise men who are driving home:
There is nothing specifically that excludes driving home after a vasectomy after a rest – any more than driving home after a tooth extraction or blood donation.
But it is possible to feel faint even 30 minutes later. There is no good evidence as to what this risk is but it’s certainly very small. So the bottom line is that it is generally safe to drive home afterwards as long as you feel fine after the procedure and you don’t jump into the car straight away.
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 Vasectomy?
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.
In fact, it’s best to have something to eat.
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!