Here at The Cooper Clinic, we understand that a vasectomy is a big decision, and having a trustworthy and skilled vasectomy doctor is essential. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring you’re comfortable, informed, and confident in your choices.
The role of a vasectomy doctor
A vasectomy doctor is also called a “vasman”. They are medical professionals trained to perform vasectomies – a surgical procedure for permanent contraception. They not only conduct the procedure but also offer guidance, address concerns, and ensure a safe and smooth experience.
Finding the right vasectomy doctor
Finding a vasectomy doctor you can trust is just like finding the right pair of underwear! They need to fit well, make you feel confident, and be reliable. At The Cooper Clinic, we pride ourselves on being the perfect fit for the men of New Zealand.
We specialise in a no-scalpel vasectomy – a safe, comfortable and effective method of birth control. There’s no injection or operation on the testicles or penis, just a little local anaesthetic, a tiny hole in the scrotum and a quick snip and seal of the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm) and you are good to go.
Meet The Cooper Clinic team
All members of our team are top-notch pros with a knack for keeping things chill. Rest easy, knowing you’re in the best hands for the job. Our tight-knit squad means our coordinator and doctors are in sync, creating a relaxed atmosphere for your procedure.
Got questions? Fire away! Need an appointment? We’ve got a slot with your name on it. Coming from out of town? We roll out the red carpet with our concierge service. S
Our vasectomy doctors
Our experienced and seasoned doctors have your back, ensuring you’re comfy and confident.
Dr Luke Wee
Meet Luke, our very own vasman. NZ men benefit from his hands-on experience in performing nearly 3,000 vasectomies! Luke has a special interest in men’s health and vasectomy procedures.
He’s a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, a member of the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care and an international vasectomy peer group. Luke keeps his thumb on the pulse and consistently updates his skills and knowledge by attending national and international conferences.
Dr Terry Zhang
Terry brings years of experience in surgical and medical procedures to the Cooper Clinic. He completed his medical training at the University of Otago before pursuing further training in various medical and surgical specialities, with a focus on family planning. His calm, gentle manner and attention to detail put his patients at ease and made him a leading vasman in NZ.
The support team
Behind every great vasectomy doctor is an equally fantastic team.
Jeremie Frederec Lau
Quality Improvement Nurse Manager
Meet Adele, our Quality Improvement Nurse Manager! Since getting her Nursing degree from the University of Auckland in 2006, she’s dabbled in heaps of areas – from emergency care in NZ and the UK to things like breast screening and fertility. Whether it’s a surgical suite or a gastroenterology clinic, she’s been there, done that and excelled!
Meet Alice, our clinic nurse from Pukekohe, helping out across our clinics in NZ. Hailing from Kenya, she trained up in Whangarei and then made the big move to Auckland with her family. She’s all about primary care and connecting with patients. Off-duty? She’s into fashion, food, and spending quality time with her family.
Mr Snip Cooper
Meet Mr Snip Cooper, our little furry friend spreading joy and light-heartedness around the clinic. He’s the furry reminder of our team spirit, what we stand for, and our strong vision for improving men’s health services across New Zealand.
How The Cooper Clinic got our name
Ever heard of Sir Astley Paston Cooper? Well, he was an accomplished surgeon and anatomist in the 1800s and performed the very first vasectomy… on a dog! Way back in 1830, he published “Observations on the Structure and Disease of the Testis”. He was the first person to give some serious thought (and exploration) to that little tube carrying sperm – The Vas Deferens. After this first successful vasectomy, he performed several other experimental surgeries on dogs to investigate this anatomy further.
Why choose The Cooper Clinic
We’re more than just a doctor’s surgery; we’re dedicated to empowering you in your family planning journey. With our team’s combined expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, and the genuine care we offer, your experience with us is unmatched. The Cooper Clinic offers:
- Friday Clinic: Exclusive vasectomy days for weekend recovery. Mild sedation is available if you are feeling anxious. It’s available only for certain dates and select locations.
- Fixed Fee – One Visit: Assessment and procedure in one go, with expertise to handle tricky cases
- Gold Standard Testing: Top-notch post-op tests to check success
- Discreet & Private: Confidential appointments in cosy, private settings. No GP referral is needed
- Unrushed Consultations: Thorough, no-rush consultations
- Short Waitlist: Quick bookings, less waiting. In, snipped, out
What our patients have to say
“I would highly recommend Dr Wee for your vasectomy. He takes care of you quickly and painlessly. If you closed your eyes and blocked your ears you would not even know it was happening. 10/10 for his communications, service and value.”
RL. from Glen Eden
“Friendly and professional doctor and nurse, on time and prepared. Good premises with parking within the Fred Thomas Drive medical centre…”
“In and out in 10 minutes, and pain level was a surprisingly pleasant 2/10 during the procedure. Felt sweet the next day even washed my cars, highly recommend.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifications does a vasectomy doctor have?
The main qualification is to be a registered doctor. From there, a vasman in NZ has undertaken further training in performing a traditional vasectomy or in using the no-scalpel technique (which is what we use at The Cooper Clinic).
How do you get a vasectomy in New Zealand?
Once you have decided that a vasectomy is the right choice, it is a matter of choosing a vasectomy doctor and booking in for your procedure. The no-scalpel technique is a simple procedure where local anaesthetic is used to numb the scrotum, a tiny hole is created in the scrotum, and the tubes carrying sperm are then snipped and the ends of vas deferens are reinserted in the same puncture hole.
Who performs a vasectomy in New Zealand?
A urologist or a doctor who has received further training can perform a vasectomy in New Zealand. The actual procedure can be relatively simple, however, a vasectomy reversal can be much more difficult and will need the skills of a urologist or surgeon for a successful operation.
How does a vasectomy work?
Essentially a vasectomy works as a form of tubal ligation, where a doctor will cut tubes carrying sperm so the live sperm cannot leave the body. After 12 weeks they will conduct semen tests and confirm negative sperm counts.
Can a vasectomy fail?
Whilst vasectomies have a high success rate, no procedure is 100%. At Cooper Clinic we offer free re-dos if your vasectomy has failed. We also encourage patients to contact us if they have any complications post their procedure. There is a 1% to 2% of possible complications such as sperm granuloma, bleeding or infection.
What is it like to have a vasectomy?
A local anaesthetic is used to numb the scrotum so the minimally invasive surgery is generally painless. Most men are back to a normal routine within a few days, however, we strongly recommend no sex for a week, avoid heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks and use ice packs and simple pain relief like paracetamol to alleviate any discomfort.
Is a vasectomy reversible in NZ?
Whilst it’s possible to perform a vasectomy reversal, it’s not always a guarantee. The procedure involves re-joining the ends of the vas deferen that have been cut. You should discuss this with your doctor or a vasman in NZ to determine if a reversal would work for you.