Information for Patients

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a safe, effective, and permanent form of male contraception. The procedure involves sealing or blocking the tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. This prevents sperm from mixing with semen, eliminating the risk of pregnancy during sexual intercourse.


What are the advantages of a non-scalpel vasectomy?

  • Less discomfort
  • One small opening in the skin instead of two incisions
  • No stitches
  • Faster procedure
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer complications
  • The procedure is much less painful than the “traditional” procedure
  • Lower failure rate compared to the conventional procedure

Once you have been given the local anaesthesia you will feel little or no pain. After surgery you may be a little sore for a few days, most people are able to return to a desk job within 24 hours. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. You will have the option to opt for a sedative before the procedure to help you relax.


How can I be referred to the Family Surgery Vasectomy Service?

We accept referrals from Southport & Formby and South Sefton NHS GP Practices. You will need to speak to your GP to discuss getting a referral for a vasectomy. Please let your GP know that you wish to be referred to The Family Surgery Surgery Vasectomy Service. 


What will happen once I've been referred to you?

Once we have received your referral, we will contact you by phone to arrange your initial pre-operative vasectomy counselling appointment. This appointment will last approximately 15 minutes and will include an examination. This appointment is to discuss your medical history, the benefits and risks of having a vasectomy and answer any questions you may have.

After your pre-operative vasectomy counselling appointment, we will contact you by phone to arrange an appointment for the procedure. Please note that current wait times are running at around 1-2 months. 


Post operative follow up 

16 weeks after your procedure you will be required to provide a post vasectomy sample for semen analysis. We will arrange for a sample kit to be sent to your home address around the time your sample is due. Once you have completed your sample, we will contact you with the results and write to your GP to inform them of your results. You should expect to hear from us approximately 1-2 weeks after you have sent your sample. 


Any further questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions or queries. We are contactable by phone on 01704 566646 or by email: