Dr Jason McMahon trained in the Tollgate clinic in Colchester under Dr Laurel Spooner and has obtained a certificate in the provision of no scalpel vasectomies.
This service is available to Private patients and Public (GMS) patients a-like, the cost of which is fully covered by a valid GMS medical card from the Mid Western region. Please check with reception if you are unsure of what region your card is from.
We offer a self-referral or GP referral, appointment based, no scalpel vasectomy service.
We can offer a pre vasectomy appointment which gives you time to discuss the procedure further with your partner or we can schedule you in for the procedure on your first visit following counselling.
Non-Scalpel non-suture vasectomies are quickest and simplest method of performing vasectomies with the lowest risk of side effects.
The procedure is performed under local anesthetic and takes between 20 and 40 minutes. A cauterizer is used to access the vas deferens on both sides through one opening so small that sutures are not required to close it.
Be absolutely sure you do not want to father a child under any circumstances. Talk to your partner; it is 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 a vasectomy to please your partner, or under a lot of stress.
No-scalpel vasectomy is different from a conventional vasectomy in the way a doctor gets to the tubes. The procedure is much less painful.
In a conventional vasectomy, after the scrotum has been numbed with a local anaesthetic the doctor makes one or two cuts in the skin with a scalpel and lift out each tube is turn, cutting and blocking it so the sperm cannot reach the semen. The doctor stitches the cuts closed.
In a no-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 by a method that uses cauterising. There is very little bleeding with the no-scalpel technique. No stiches are needed to close the tiny opening, which heals quickly.
Vasectomy in general is safe and simple. Vasectomy is surgery and all surgery has some risks, such as bleeding, infection or scarring. But serious problems are very rare; less than 1 in 100 cases has even a minor problem.
As with any surgical procedure there are potential risks associated with it.
Yes. It is estimated that after a vasectomy there is less than a 1 in 2000 chance that a man’s partner will become pregnant. This is the highest success rate of any contraception and is only surpassed by abstinence from intercourse.
No; Patients can self refer. Call Treaty Medical Centre on 061-328328 directly for a consultation.
After an initial pre-vasectomy consultation the procedure itself only takes 20 minutes but on average you will be at the surgery about 45 minutes in all. Your partner does not have to attend but it may be helpful if she does. You should bring someone with you to drive you home afterwards and wear supportive underwear for a day or so after the procedure.
We use a local anesthetic to numb the area effectively and very little pain or discomfort is felt once this is done. Afterwards you may be slightly sore for a couple of days and you might want to take some simple painkillers. The technique has been shown to produce far less discomfort than the traditional vasectomy technique with no stitches in the skin either.
You may return to work the day after the procedure, however if your job is a physically demanding job, for example- heavy lifting, then it is recommended you take between 3-5 days off work.
The only thing that will change is that you will not be able to make your partner pregnant. Your body will continue to produce male hormones; you will have the same amount of semen. Vasectomy won’t change your beard, muscles, voice, sex drive, erections or climaxes.
No. After a vasectomy, there are always some active sperm left in your system. It takes about 25 ejaculations to clear them. You and your partner should use some other form of contraception until a sample of your semen has been tested 16 weeks after the procedure and confirmed free of sperm. We arrange for the testing and it is very important that you wait for the results before stopping using the other method of birth control.
After one week, but remember to use some other kind of birth control until you have received the letter that you are sterile.
The World Health Organisation has concluded that vasectomy is a safe procedure. A number of studies show that vasectomised men are no more likely than other men to develop heart disease, cancer, or other illnesses.
No. It will only prevent you from making your partner pregnant. If you or your partner have a sexual disease or have more than one sexual partner, the best way to protect yourself and your partner is to use condoms.
Please enquire about our sexual health screening clinic.
No more that any other vasectomy procedure. Vasectomies should be considered permanent. Reversal operations are expensive and often unsuccessful.