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Vasectomy under General Anaesthetic

A vasectomy (male sterilisation) is a surgical procedure to cut or seal the tubes that carry a man's sperm to permanently prevent pregnancy.

It's usually carried out under local anesthetic, where you're awake but don't feel any pain, and takes about 15 minutes.

Vasectomy under general anesthetic (where you're asleep during the operation) is not routinely commissioned by the NHS. This means that it won’t be routinely funded. However, the NHS does fund routinely vasectomy under local anaesthetic in the local community.

Please note that this only applies to a vasectomy procedure undertaken under general anaesthetic.

How can I be referred?

f your Doctor thinks that you may benefit from this intervention, they can apply to the Individual Funding Request (IFR) panel. The IFR panel will then assess the application and make a decision about your treatment.

The IFR panel meets weekly and aims to consider cases within 14days. The panel’s decision will be communicated to you by letter if you are an adult or by letter to your GP if you are the guardian of a child applying for funding.

If your IFR application is rejected (meaning that your surgery will not be funded by the NHS), then you or your GP has the right to appeal to the IFR panel against this decision within 90days. The panel is independent to your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Get Fit First

The Get Fit First policy also applies to this intervention. For further information please see the Get Fit First page.

Please note this does not apply to vasectomy procedures undertaken under local anaesthetic in the community (i.e. not in hospital)