Scalpel Free Vasectomy

Scalpel free vasectomy is the most innovative and least invasive vasectomy available. The ‘no scalpel’ vasectomy method is performed under local anaesthetic which results in faster recovery times.

The procedure is simple, seamless, virtually pain-free and over in 15-30 mins – and in most cases patients can drive themselves home.


A vasectomy is a simple procedure where the vas deferens (vas) is cut to cause sterilisation in a male by stopping the flow of sperm into the ejaculate. The vas is a tube that carries sperm from the testicles where it is made to the penis. On the way sperm is joined by semen so your ejaculate contains both sperm and semen. Sperm makes up a very small percentage (less than 5%), and therefore most men will not notice any change in the volume of their ejaculate after a vasectomy.
Most will take about 15-20 minutes.
There are a couple of ways to categorise the procedure methods 1. Traditional Vs No-Scalpel The traditional method involves using a scalpel to make an incision on each side of the scrotum to access the vas. The No-scalpel method uses blunt dissection and usually only involves one hole being made through which the vas from both sides is accessed. The no-scalpel technique results in lower complication rates such as bruising and bleeding. 2. Open-ended Vs Closed-ended The open ended technique means that the end of the vas attached to the testicle is left open. Why does this matter? Well after a vasectomy the testicle is going to continue to make sperm and this sperm needs to go somewhere. By allowing it to be released into the scrotum we reduce the incidence of “congestion” or the feeling of pressure from sperm backing up (think of a kinked hose with the tap running). The closed-ended technique means the testicular end of the vas is clamped with a suture or a clip.
If you have children we will perform a vasectomy for men aged 18 and over. If you do not have any children you must be at least 25 years of age. All men must have a consultation with the Doctor no less than 14 days before surgery to discuss the procedure and agree to proceed.
Unfortunately, at this stage we only offer vasectomy under local anaesthetic. For sedation or general anaesthetic options, we recommend you obtain a referral to a urologist.
If you are asking yourself this question, you should really think twice about getting a vasectomy. Yes, vasectomies can be reversed. But you should consider this procedure as permanent contraception. Reversals are not 100%, very expensive (north of $5000) and are not covered by Medicare.
We do everything we can to reduce the rate of complications but all surgical procedures have risks you should be aware of. A full list of potential complications are outlined fully in your consent form. After your vasectomy most men will notice some level of:
  • Bruising: You may notice some bruising in the days after your vasectomy but this will usually disappear after about a week
  • Mild pain and swelling: This commonly settles a few days after your procedure
Less common potentials complications include:
  • A scrotal haematoma: This is a large bruise within the scrotum. You can reduce your chance of getting a haematoma greatly by following our instructions regarding lifting heavy objects in the days after the procedure. If you work in a job that requires heavy lifting make sure you get some time off work or ask for light duties
  • Infection: We try to reduce the chance of you getting an infection by adhering to strict infection control protocol. Most infections are mild and be treated with oral antibiotics.
  • Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome (PVPS): This complication that can occur any time after a vasectomy. There is little agreement on what causes PVPS. In most cases pain will resolve eventually but in rare cases specialist review and even additional surgery or reversal may be required to attempt to resolve the problem. These procedures are not always successful.
The procedure does not work immediately and you must consider yourself fertile until we tell you the vasectomy was a success. We request you do a semen analysis at 3 months to confirm you are sterile. This will give you plenty of time to “clean out the pipes”!
​It’s really important not to lift anything too heavy for the first week. If your job doesn’t involve much heavy lifting you can often go straight back to work, but if you are in a job with a lot of lifting you may wish to take some time off or request light duties. We can provide a medical certificate if you want to stay home
Most men can resume sexual activity after about 1 week.
No. You can book directly through us.
Some men recover quite quickly from vasectomy while others may take up to 2 weeks. The average time to feeling back to normal is about 7 days.
​This term is mentioned quite a bit but the reality is laser vasectomy does not exist. Some vasectomists (including myself) use a hyfrecator to cut the vas which is what some may be thinking of. For more information on this topic click here.
To prepare for your vasectomy please following these instructions:
  1. Cease any blood thinning medication at least 7 days prior your procedure. You may wish to discuss this with your GP or specialist. If you are unsure please call us on 65550116 .
  2. ​On the morning of your procedure, please shave your scrotum with a razor as per the picture below:
  3. It is better to shave more rather than less, so if you are in doubt about how much to take off, shave it all.
  4. Make sure you have some time off work planned if you have a physical job, or you have arranged light duties with no heavy lifting (any lifting that involves straining) for 7 days after your procedure.
  5. ​Please read and sign our consent form prior to the procedure taking place.
Like any minor surgical procedure, there are risks of bruising, discomfort and infection. These are generally mild, and can be minimised by resting, and wearing supportive underpants for a few days after the operation. Simple measures such as frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel is a useful first measure, combined with paracetamol and/or Ibuprofen. If your work is very physical and involves heavy lifting or extreme movement, then you will need to go on light duties for a week after the vasectomy. If light duties are not possible we are happy to provide a medical certificate for up to 2 weeks. If you are desk based or quite sedentary in your work, then you should be able to return to work the day after having your vasectomy. Try to avoid sitting for long periods and avoid bike riding and contact sports for the first 2-3 weeks. It is normal to experience a background aching feeling for one to two weeks post-vasectomy. It will eventually go away. Take Paracetamol and /or Ibuprofen as required. If you are still experiencing pain after 2 weeks or if you get a spike in pain after it initially settling, please contact Dr Muneef on 65550116.
Once you have had your vasectomy and paid for it, we will process your Medicare rebate on your behalf. You will usually receive your payment into the bank account you have nominated with Medicare within 48 hours. If you have not received the payment 1 week after your vasectomy please email and we will chase it up.