Are You Put to Sleep For a Vasectomy?

Are You Put to Sleep For a Vasectomy?

Every year, countless men in Brisbane and beyond face a significant decision about their reproductive health. For many, a vasectomy seems like a reliable solution but it also brings up some fundamental questions. And one of the questions I’m most commonly asked is, “are you put to sleep for a vasectomy?” Here, I’ll discuss anaesthetic options, the costs, and what to expect on the day of your procedure.

The Truth About Vasectomies

A popular misconception about vasectomies is that they require general anaesthesia, leading to the patient being put to sleep. However, this is not typical.  The truth is that a standard vasectomy is straightforward and typically performed with just a local anaesthetic.  This is safer for the patients and also avoids the logistics of having a chaperone, or the additional costs of a second doctor to perform the anaesthetic.

Local anaesthesia numbs a particular region of your body, allowing the procedure to be performed while you are awake. It’s like getting a mole removed or a dental filling. In the case of a vasectomy, this would usually involve numbing an area of the scrotum about the same as a five cent coin. This method is used in almost all vasectomy procedures and is considered both safe and efficient.

There are certain instances where a patient may be put to sleep for a vasectomy, but these are exceptions rather than the rule. Men who have testicles that retract high into the groin may require general anaesthesia. However, this scenario is quite rare and only considered when a local anaesthetic is deemed insufficient. I estimate that about one in two hundred men will require a general anaesthetic.

You can find detailed information about the procedure here.

But how much will it cost to get a vasectomy in Brisbane?

Now that we’ve addressed the question, “Are you put to sleep for a vasectomy?”, it’s time to tackle another crucial subject, the cost.

The cost of a vasectomy in Brisbane can vary depending on several factors. These include the clinic or medical professional you choose, your health insurance coverage, and the type of anaesthesia used for the procedure. On average, a vasectomy procedure in Brisbane can range from $500 to $1,000.  If you require a general anaesthetic and hospital admission, it is easy for the cost to double or triple.

You can find more detailed information about the cost of getting a vasectomy here.

Male Vasectomy: What can I Expect?

If you’re considering a vasectomy, it’s essential to know what to expect. The procedure itself is relatively simple and generally takes around 20 minutes. Here’s how it works:

After the local anaesthetic is administered, the doctor will make small piercing in the scrotum. This is similar in size to an ear piercing. Through this incision, the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra) are cut or sealed. 

Once the procedure is performed, you should go home and rest. You will need to lie down and regularly apply ice packs to reduce swelling.  The recovery period typically spans a few days to a week. Most men can return to work after a couple of days and resume regular physical activities within a week.

For more information on preparing for and recovering from your vasectomy, please visit our patient information section here.


The type of anaesthetic used regularly comes up in questions I get from Brisbane men.  The good news is that the standard procedure requires only a local anaesthetic, with general anaesthesia being the exception rather than the norm.

And while it may seem like a significant expense upfront, the cost-effectiveness of a vasectomy becomes apparent when compared to ongoing contraception costs. Brisbane men can also rest assured that the process is straightforward, efficient, and performed by experienced vasectomists.  The team at Queensland Vasectomy will do everything to make the process as stress-free as possible. 

Always consult with a healthcare professional when considering a vasectomy to understand the full implications, potential risks, and benefits associated with the procedure. They can provide you with the most accurate information tailored to your specific health circumstances and needs.


July 10, 2023 , ,
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