Q | how is the procedure carried out?
A | The procedure is carried under general or ‘local block’ anaesthesia in the procedure room. The vas deferens tube is then tensed over the surgeon’s middle finger and a small ring clamp is then used over the skin to trap the vas tube between the ring forceps and the underlying surgeon’s finger. The ring clamp is then closed and locked in place. The tube can then be brought out through the skin using a dissector and the vas tube has a small section removed. This prevents sperm leaving the testicle after the operation permanently. Sperm cells within the testicle are still produced, but as they cannot leave via the divided vas tube, the body recycles these cells.