What does the surgical sperm retrieval procedure involve?

The procedure is a simple, low-risk, day case procedure. It is performed by a specialized surgeon in our private fertility theatre, in the IVF clinic at Medical Associates Hospital.

The procedure is usually planned in advance but in exceptional circumstances can also be carried out as an emergency procedure if the man is unable to produce a sperm sample when needed during fertility treatment. 

For the procedure, sedative drugs are given to enable you to sleep and feel no pain. Sometimes a general anaesthetic may be required. You will be in the fertility unit for between 2-6 hours.