Non-Scalpel Vasectomy in Auckland & NZ
Time for the snip? Safe & Effective No Scalpel Vasectomy
Looking for an effective and safe birth control option? A vasectomy offers a more than 99% success rate in contraception. Here at The Cooper Clinic, we practice non-scalpel vasectomies to offer safe, comfortable and hassle-free family planning for men. There’s no injection or operation on the penis or testicles – just a quick snip and seal of the tubes (vas deferens) that carry your sperm to the outside world.
A vasectomy won’t change your sex drive, hormone levels or your ability to get an erection. Our clinicians are friendly, experienced and gentle – making your experience as easy as possible. We offer multiple locations with a one-stop-shop appointment and virtual follow-ups as required.
If it’s time to close up shop, chat with us today about getting the snip. Plus, you could be eligible for a free vasectomy with approved insurance providers (conditions apply).
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Cost of a vasectomy with local anaesthetic
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What to Expect
Once you are booked in for your vasectomy, you need to follow these following instructions:
- Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers like Ibuprofen within 24 hours of the procedure.
- Paracetamol may be taken prior to the procedure.
- Please avoid consuming alcohol 24 hours prior to the procedure
- Have a warm shower on the day of the procedure
- Wear firm fitting underwear on the day of the procedure. Please avoid boxer shorts.
- You are encouraged to shave your pubic hair on the morning of the procedure
- Please organise a cold ice pack ready in the car
Please organise transportation to and from our clinic. Because it is done under local anaesthetic, you should be able to drive yourself home, unless advised otherwise.
- Prior to the introduction of non-scalpel vasectomy, many vasectomies required scalpel incision and suturing.
- However, our modern technique only requires a single puncture of the skin with a special electrosurgical device colloquially called the laser vasectomy. This minimises infection, pain and bleeding. The injection of local anaesthetic requires skill by the doctor, to minimise discomfort and achieve maximum numbness in the shortest time possible.
- In general there are multiple variations to the non-scalpel vasectomy technique. A closed ended vasectomy used to be the norm. However, it can lead to some men experiencing congestive epididymitis.
- These days, most techniques favour an open ended approach, allowing the tubes to stay open and sperm to be released to the scrotum. However, the absolute volume is very small, hence it would not be noticeable. Sperm will be naturally absorbed and the risk of congestive epididymitis is minimal.
- Immediately after the procedure, we will monitor your recovery and observe you for 10 minutes in the treatment room. You will have a small scar on your scrotum that will heal up and close over time. The local anaesthetic will wear off within the hour. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication would be helpful at this point.
- You can drive home after your procedure if you have had a local anaesthetic. If you have had sedation you should arrange for someone to collect you as you cannot drive until the next day.
- Recovery time varies with everyone. General advice is that you may be able to return to work the following day if it is not a physical profession involving heavy lifting. Sexual activities may be resumed after 7 days.
- If your work is physically strenuous then you may need up to 1 week off work and then arrange only light duties for the following week. You will also have to stop non-contact sport for up to 2 weeks.
- It is also very important that you use an additional form of contraception for the first three months following your surgery, until your semen test (taken after 3 months) establishes that no sperm is present.
“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.”
How common is a vasectomy?
Did you know that Kiwis have one of the highest rates of vasectomies in the world? About 1 in 5 New Zealand men have had a vasectomy, including 1 in 4 married men.1 There’s a good chance that one of your mates has already had the snip, and can tell you what it’s like.
Men choose to get the snip for a variety of reasons. It’s an effective, permanent method of birth control that doesn’t need ongoing hormonal treatment.
Who performs a vasectomy?
While vasectomies can be done by specialists in a hospital setting, many non-scalpel vasectomies today are performed by specially-trained GPs in a doctor’s surgery. A vasectomy done under local anaesthetic can take 15 to 30 minutes. At The Cooper Clinic, one of our experienced team members will explain the procedure and answer any questions you or your partner may have along the way.
How much does a vasectomy cost in NZ?
At The Cooper Clinic, we offer a flat rate of $525 for our vasectomies regardless of where you are seen. This includes pre-operative, procedure and post-operative follow-up. We accept payment by cash, EFTPOS and Credit Card.
You may be able to get this paid-for free vasectomy with approved insurance providers (E.g. Southern Cross, NIB, Partner’s Life etc.)
How does a vasectomy work?
Sperm travels from the testicles (where they are made) and the epididymis (where they are activated) to the penis through a pair of tubes called the vas deferens (or vas). A vasectomy works by cutting the vas deferens so that sperm can’t mix with the rest of the ejaculated fluid and leave the body. Only 5 percent of seminal fluid is lost this way, and there’s no noticeable difference to your ejaculate.
What is it like to have a vasectomy?
Some men find the idea of getting the snip scary. Be assured that at The Cooper Clinic, we’ve carefully treated thousands of men who are very satisfied with their vasectomy experience.
Here are some straight-talking testimonials from guys who have had the snip:
How is a vasectomy done?
In no-scalpel vasectomy:
- The doctor feels your tubes under the skin and holds them in place with a small clamp.
- The doctor uses a special instrument to make a 5mm opening over the vas deferens and locates them.
- Each tube is brought to the surface and cauterised, with our “laser” electrosurgical device called the Hyfrecator.
- The vas is returned to the scrotum and the opening is left to heal naturally
- With a no-scalpel ‘laser’ vasectomy, there is very little bleeding. The opening won’t need stitches, and should heal quickly without leaving a scar.
How quickly does a vasectomy work?
After a vasectomy, it normally takes a few months for residual sperm to clear out of the ducts. It can help during this time to “clear the tubes” by performing about 20 ejaculations. After 3 months, about 4 in 5 men will have no more live sperm in their semen (for others it takes a bit longer). Until then, you still need to use some other form of contraception.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Plan to stay home and rest after your vasectomy. Expect some soreness and bruising down there for a few days. For most men, over-the-counter pain relief, cold packs and supportive underwear is all that’s needed. Chat with your doctor if you think you need stronger pain relief.
It’s OK to have sex after 7 days, but take it easy. Remember that a vasectomy doesn’t prevent STDs, so you may still need contraception.
You can probably return to light work after two days, but if your work is physically strenuous then you may need up to 1 week off work and then arrange only light duties for the following week.
Avoid heavy lifting, running or other strenuous activities for 7 to 10 days. You will also have to stop non-contact sport for up to 2 weeks and all contact sport for up to 4 weeks.
Can a vasectomy fail?
In some cases, operations aren’t successful and tests show there are still sperm present in semen. This happens in less than 1 in 100 cases. In this case, we will be in touch and offer you a redo free of charge.
How well does a vasectomy prevent pregnancy?
No method of contraception is 100 percent effective, but vasectomies come pretty close. Once you’ve had two negative sperm counts, the risk of pregnancy drops to 1 in 2000.
About 1 in 2000 men who have had a vasectomy become fertile again months or even years later, even with an initial negative sperm count. It seems that in these men, the two ends of the cut tubes reconnect over time (recanalisation). Chat with your doctor if you have any concerns about long-term success rates.
Is a vasectomy reversible?
It’s possible, but more difficult, to reverse a vasectomy. It’s an operation that is usually done under general anaesthetic by a specialist, and involves re-joining the cut ends of the vas deferens using microsurgery (surgery with the help of a microscope). If done correctly, sperm return to the ejaculate in at least 4 out of 5 vasectomy reversals.
On average, about 40–70 percent of couples achieve a pregnancy over the next 2-3 years of regular sex. Sometimes this is because a man develops sperm antibodies which can stop fertilisation happening.
If you might want more children, one option is to freeze some of your sperm before getting a vasectomy. Another option is assisted reproductive technology (ART) where sperm is directly retrieved from your testicles, followed by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to achieve pregnancy.
If this is something you would like to consider, talk it over with your GP or vasectomist before your operation. At The Cooper Clinic, we work closely with Fertility Specialists and are able to plan your family planning needs.
What are possible complications of a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is generally safe, but carries a 1–2 percent risk of wound infection or internal bleeding following surgery. A small proportion of men report having long-term pain in the scrotum (chronic testicular pain syndrome). It’s difficult to predict before a vasectomy if you’re likely to have ongoing pain.
Other possible complications may include:
- Bruising around the procedure site
- Sperm leaking into the scrotum and forming a swelling that needs treatment (sperm granuloma)
- A dull ache in the scrotum for a few weeks or months after the procedure
Are there long term health risks from having a vasectomy?
There’s currently no clear evidence that vasectomy causes other health problems. Earlier suggestions of a link between vasectomy and getting prostate cancer aren’t backed up by current evidence. For example, a review of 53 studies including over 15 million men couldn’t find any association between vasectomy and serious prostate cancer.2
Do I need my partner’s consent to get a vasectomy?
There’s no legal requirement for your partner to give consent for a vasectomy. But it’s a good idea to talk through the decision with your partner, since getting the snip will affect both of you. You can also get a vasectomy if you have no partner or children.
Does a vasectomy affect my sex drive or ejaculation?
No – there’s no evidence that vasectomy changes a man’s sex drive or testosterone (male hormone) levels. A vasectomy won’t interfere with your ability to get an erection, have an orgasm or ejaculate. Any sperm your body makes stops travelling in the epididymis, where it’s reabsorbed into the body just like other unused sperm. The only change is that you won’t be able to father a child.
- Rebecca Walsh. Vasectomy – the pain NZ men queue to feel (NZ Herald, 10 December 2002). Available at: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3008791
- Bhindi B, Wallis CJD, Nayan M et al. The Association Between Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med 2017: 177(9): 1273–86. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28715534/
Sources and Further Reading
Health Navigator New Zealand – https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/v/vasectomy/
Healthy Male (Andrology Australia) – https://www.healthymale.org.au/files/resources/vasectomy_and_vasectomy_reversal_fact_sheet_healthy_male_2019.pdf
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