Mr Thyer offers specialist management of prostate cancer.
Mr Thyer has a special interest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer but also performs surgery for many other urological conditions.
The vas deferens is a paired tube that transports sperm from the testicle to the urethra. Vasectomy is a minor procedure, performed for contraception, where the vas deferens on each side is divided resulting in infertility. After the procedure you will still produce semen and ejaculate normally however you will be infertile (i.e. you will no longer be able to make a woman pregnant).
Ten days prior to the procedure you should notify Mr Thyer’s rooms if you are taking any blood thinning medication
On arrival at hospital you will be prepared for theatre by nursing staff. Mr Thyer will see you just prior to being taken into the operating theatre. You will have the choice of local or general anaesthetic. The procedure should take approximately 20 minutes. Mr Thyer will make two very small incisions on each side of the scrotum, each vas deferens is located and divided and tied off. A section of vas is removed and sent to the pathologist to check that the correct tube has been divided (you may incur a pathologist fee). The wound on each side of the scrotum will be closed with dissolving sutures and glue. After the operation you will be checked by the nurse and discharged home after a few hours.
You should rest, avoid heavy lifting, exertion and sexual intercourse for 1 week following the procedure. You will need a semen test 3 months after the procedure to check you are infertile. This test needs to be done at a laboratory in Perth (not at a rural lab) and delivered to the collection centre for analysis within one hour of ejaculation. You should continue to use another form of contraceptive until you have a follow up consultation with Mr Thyer at 3 months. Mr Thyer’s rooms will contact you to arrange a follow up telephone consultation 3 months after the vasectomy to check your recovery, pathology and semen test result.
Following the procedure, you should contact Mr Thyer if you: