Acorn Vasectomy Service
We hold a twice-weekly vasectomy clinic, currently on Thursdays and Fridays, run by our GP Partner Dr Gysbert Fourie, who is a qualified vasectomist and a member of the British Association of No-Scalpel Vasectomists.
He is assisted by Assistant Practitioner Bev Thwaites and Health Care Assistants Leni Read and Bobbie Greer.
The no-scalpel technique is the method of choice as this procedure reduces bruising, bleeding and swelling compared to the traditional procedure, and requires no stitches.
The clinic is run from our modern, bright and fully equipped minor surgery room and patients can expect an excellent service - before, during and after their operation. For the patient's comfort we invite them to bring along some music of their choice to be played during the procedure or a device where they can access apps or games using our free WiFi facility at the Practice.
If you cannot access our patient information leaflet via email please see the attachment below.
NSV Patient Information Leaflet .pdf
If you are interested in this method of contraception, please make an appointment to see your own GP as patients must be referred to the service by a GP.
Dr Fourie answers your questions on No-Scapel Vasectomy
Q:How can I be sure I want a vasectomy?
Be absolutely sure you don't want to father a child under any circumstances. Talk to your partner, it's essential to make the decision together. Consider other kinds of birth control as well. A vasectomy might not be right for you if you are very young, your current relationship is not stable, you are having the vasectomy just to please your partner, or if you are under a lot of stress.
Q:What is different about a no-scalpel vasectomy?
Non-scalpel vasectomy is different from a conventional vasectomy in the way the doctor gets to the tubes. This makes the procedure much less painful. In a non-scalpel vasectomy, the doctor feels for the tubes under the skin and holds them in place with a small clamp. Instead of making two incisions, the doctor makes one tiny opening with a special instrument so the tubes can be reached. The tubes are then blocked using a cautery method. There is very little bleeding with the no-scalpel technique. No stitches are needed to close the tiny opening, which heals quickly.
Q:Does No-Scalpel vasectomy work?
Yes. It is estimated that after a vasectomy there is less than a 1 in 2,000 chance that a man's partner will become pregnant. We here at the Acorn have a 99.6% success rate since may 2012.
Q:How long will the No-Scalpel vasectomy procedure take?
Your appointment includes a consultation at which we explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.Your partner does not have to attend with you but it may be helpful if she does. On average the procedure takes about 15 minutes but you will have to be at the surgery for about 45 minutes in all. You should bring someone with you to drive you home afterwards.
Q:Will it hurt?
Before your vasectomy you can take a mild sedative that must be prescribed your own GP; to be taken an hour and a half beforehand, to relax you. Most men choose not to have this, however if it is something you feel you would like please make enquiries beofre your appointment date. When the local anaesthetic is injected into the skin of the scrotum, you will feel some discomfort, but as soon as it takes effect, you should feel no pain. Afterwards you may be sore for a couple of days, and you may want to take a mild painkiller. But the discomfort is usually much less with no-scalpel technique, as there is less injury to the tissues. Also, there are no stitches. You will be provided with complete instructions about what to do after surgery.
Q:How soon can I go back to work?
You should take it easy for at least 48 hours after your vasectomy. If your job doesnt involve heavy work, you can then go back. If it does you should take a full week off.
Q:Will I be sterile right away?
No. After a vasectomy, there are always some active sperm remaining. It takes about 20 ejaculations to clear them. You and your partner should use another from of birth control until a sample of your semen has been tested 16 weeks after your operation and confirmed free of sperm. At the time of your appointment we will provide you with a sample pot and information regarding obtaning a post vasectomy semen test. It is very important that you take this test and that you wait for the results before you stop using the other method of birth control.
Q:When can I start having sex again?
After one week, but remember to use some other kind of birth control until you have received the letter to say that you are sterile.
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