no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV)

Q | discharge advice

A | For men who have had a general anaesthetic, you will need to arrange for a friend or relative to drive you home and stay with you for the next 24 hours. Try to keep the wound area dry for 24hrs and then bathe as normal. Soap and tap water are quite all right. Salted water is not needed. It is important to take regular painkillers for 24 hours after the operation. You should restart your normal medications, if any, when you leave hospital.

If the wound site becomes red and inflamed or if there is unusual swelling, please contact the hospital for advice.

You should try and wear the scrotal support for about a week to prevent swelling around the operation site. If bleeding continues, contact us for advice using the numbers below. Avoid sexual activity for a week and no heavy lifting for about two weeks. Driving should be safe after one week if all is well. Check with your car insurance company if you have any doubts.

You will be given two sample pots to take home when you are discharged from hospital. You will need to provide a semen specimen, as per the instructions given, at 10 and 12 weeks respectively. It must be stressed that the vasectomy procedure is not considered a success until you have received conformation from your GP that the two semen samples show no live sperm present. Until that time, you should use another contraceptive method with your partner.