Vasectomy

(Vasectomy)

Summary 

A vasectomy is a permanent and effective form of male contraception. It involves cutting the two vas deferens (tubes) that carry sperm from the testicles. The vasectomy prevents your partner from becoming pregnant as sperm from the testicles will no longer mix with the semen and reach the penis.

This method of contraception has a high success rate and is popular with couples who have decided not to have a baby in the future.

There are alternative methods of contraception to consider, for example:

  • Condoms
  • Female sterilisation
  • Coil
  • Oral contraceptive pill

Please be advised that KIMS Hospital are not able to provide semen analysis for this procedure. We can make recommendations for specialist centres where test is available. The average cost is between £150-£250.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.

    Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.

    Call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Patient pathwayInitial consultationDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/an/a£510.00Included£510
    Consultant’s fees£200n/aIncluded aboveIncluded£200
    Guide price£200Nil£510.00Nil£710

The vasectomy is performed under local  anaesthetic and takes approximately 20 minutes. You may also have local anaesthetic injections to assist with post-operative pain.

Your consultant will make two small incisions along each side of your scrotum. Each testicle will be examined and the vas deferens tubes will be located. The consultant will cut and then clip or cauterise each tube preventing semen travelling to the penis. This is a quick procedure and the small incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches.

After the operation you will require painkillers; placing a covered cool pack against your scrotum will help reduce bruising. Also ‘snug’ and well fitted underwear will help ease discomfort and swelling.

You should be able to go home on the same day; please ensure you have arranged for someone to collect you, settle you back home and remain with you for several hours. Our KIMS health team will give you advice and you can call them if you have any major concerns.

It is important to take it easy to start with as this will assist the swelling to settle and lead to a quicker recovery. Your testicles will ache for a few days but this will then calm down. It is advisable not to do any exercise for at least a week, but you should be able to return to work after a couple of days.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS Hospital contact our Enquiries team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Mr John Donohue

    MB BCh FRCSI FRCS

    • Circumcision
    • Prostate Resection (TURP)
    • Radical Prostatectomy
    • TURBT (Trans-urethral Resection of Bladder Tumour)
    • Vasectomy
    • Vasectomy Reversal
  • Mr Howard Marsh

    MBChB MD DRCS (Urol)

    • Circumcision
    • Prostate Resection (TURP)
    • TURBT (Trans-urethral Resection of Bladder Tumour)
    • Vasectomy
  • Mr Paul Reddy

    LRCP FRCS FRCSI

    • Circumcision
    • Vasectomy
    • Vasectomy Reversal