Vasectomy Clinic - Chevron Island (Surfers Paradise)

Completed your family? 
Ready for a vasectomy
Come and see Dr Tun in Chevron Island (Surfers Paradise) - no referral needed.  

Dr Than Tun has been performing vasectomies on the Gold Coast since 2007.  He is a general practitioner with a Fellowship in Surgery (FRCS - Ireland, 2003) and General Practice (RACGP - Australia, 2006).  Vasectomy is a short surgical procedure which he performs under local anaesthetic using the no-scalpel technique.  You are in safe hands given Dr Tun's surgical skills and experience.

Call us on (07) 55388811 to book an appointment to see Dr Tun, or to book in for the procedure.  If you are a new patient to Chevron Advanced Medical Centre, please ensure you give reception your contact details so they can confirm the day prior.  If you have changed your mind or would like to cancel, it would be great if you could let reception know.  Please scroll down to read about what the procedure entails and how to prepare for it.

Cost:  $380 after Medicare rebate.

Vasectomy - general information

Vasectomy is simple, safe and highly effective.  It does not affect a man's sexual drive, ability to have an erection or to ejaculate.  The ejaculate will no longer contain sperm, but there will still be semen.  It is generally preferable over surgical options for the woman, depending on your circumstances.  Although there is a slight possibility that vasectomy can be reversed, please consider it as a permanent form of contraception.  Discomfort following the procedure is often mild and easily relieved.  Rest is advised for a few days and return to work is generally possible in 3 days if it is an office job.

Before the procedure: preparing for your vasectomy

There are some simple things you can do to get ready before your appointment:
  1. Shave pubic hairs around the genital region, especially the area around the base of the penis.
  2. Shower thoroughly and bring tight cotton underwear.
  3. Arrange for someone to drive you home.  Whilst this is not a necessity, it is probably best for your comfort and safety.
  4. If you are a new patient to the clinic, please arrive 10min in advance to fill in a "new patient registration form".
  5. Your total appointment time, once called in to see the doctor, may last up to an hour.

During the procedure

Dr Tun performs a no-scalpel vasectomy.  The procedure can last from 30min to an hour.  Here is what you can expect to happen during the procedure:
  1. Routine cleansing with antiseptic solution around the operation site.
  2. Administration of local anaesthetic.  This will be painful as the anaesthetic penetrates the scrotal skin, which will then become numb quickly.
  3. Sterile drapes will be placed over you to guard against infection.
  4. A small puncture is made in the scrotum to create an opening.
  5. Either the right or left vas deferens is lifted through this opening.  You may feel a tugging sensation during this process.
  6. The sheath around a section of the vas is removed.
  7. The vas is then cut and a section of it is removed.  One end of the vas is tied shut outside the sheath.  The other end of the vas is tied inside the sheath.
  8. The opposite vas deferens is then lifted through the scrotal opening and steps 6 and 7 are repeated.
  9. The puncture in the scrotum is so small that it heals by itself without the need for additional stitches.

Afterwards: care following the vasectomy

The local anaesthetic will wear off after a couple of hours, after which you will start to feel some discomfort and pain.  Panadol (either with or without codeine) is recommended.  Do not use Aspirin as it may worsen bleeding.  Here are a few tips to facilitate recovery time:
  1. Go directly home and rest.  
  2. Use pain killers.  Panadol or Panadeine Forte is advised.  Never use more than directed.
  3. Keep your feet elevated.
  4. Plan to stay off your feet as much as possible for 2 days and have a few beers.
  5. Wear tight cotton briefs to help apply pressure and support the scrotum.
  6. There is no need to apply ice to the area, unless the procedure was difficult.
  7. If you have any concerns, book an appointment to see Dr Tun.  If it is an emergency, go to the Gold Coast Hospital or your nearest Emergency Centre.
  8. Your semen will be collected (usually at home) and sent for semen analysis 3 to 4 months following the vasectomy to ensure that no sperm remain.  Until then, you will need to use some form of contraception (or abstinence) to prevent pregnancy.

Risks and complications

Vasectomy is a low risk procedure comparable with other minor surgical operations.  If you have any specific concerns or fears (either before or after the procedure), book an appointment to see Dr Tun.

Allergic reaction - to local anaesthetic.  Some men may experience itching and hives.  If you are allergic to local anaesthetics, please inform the doctor.

Bruising and bleeding - painless bleeding may occur following the vasectomy.  This collects under the skin in the scrotum, which may appear bruised and swollen.  As the scrotal skin is very thin, the bruising will appear worse than it actually is and is a normal reaction following a vasectomy.

Infection - this is a general risk for all surgical procedures.  To lower the risk, vasectomy is performed under sterile conditions in our treatment room.

Postoperative pain - some degree of aches and pains in the scrotum is normal following a vasectomy.  This discomfort should ease within 24 - 48 hours.

Pregnancy - your partner may fall pregnant if you fail to abstain from sex without using alternate forms of birth control / contraception during the waiting period (usually 3 to 4 months) - until testing for live sperm is completed.

Sperm granuloma - rarely, you may experience a dull ache in the testicle/s for an extended period of time following the vasectomy.  If this condition occurs, it usually resolves by itself within 6 months without treatment.