What is a No Scalpel Vasectomy?
The no scalpel vasectomy uses a method that allows doctors to complete the procedure using a single puncture without the use of a scalpel.
Did you know that conventional vasectomies have been performed since the 1800’s? However, the no scalpel vasectomy procedure began in 1974 and has since been performed around the world on millions of men. Introduced to the United States in 1988, the no scalpel procedure is thought by many to be one of the most effective forms of birth control.
Differences Between a No Scalpel Vasectomy and a Conventional Vasectomy
The no scalpel vasectomy procedure is much different from a conventional vasectomy in how the doctor gets access to the vas deferens tubes. Additionally, the improved method of local anesthesia helps make the procedure much more comfortable for the patient.
With conventional vasectomies, the scrotum is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then the doctor makes two small cuts in the skin of the scrotum and lifts each tube out through the incision and cuts them. The tubes are now blocked so the sperm cannot reach the penis. The doctor then stitches them closed.
With “no scalpel” vasectomies, the doctor numbs both the skin and the nerves to the vas deferens (“the tubes”). Instead of making two incisions, the physician typically creates a single tiny opening with a special urological instrument in the scrotum, which is then used to gently stretch the opening so the tubes can be easily accessed.
The tubes are then blocked by cauterizing (sealing them shut) and then tying off each end. With this gentle technique, there are no stitches needed to close the tiny opening. There is minimal bleeding and the 20 to 30-minute procedure is done in the office in a private, relaxing environment.
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Benefits of a No Scalpel Vasectomy Procedure
- There is no scalpel
- The procedure is faster
- The recovery time is faster
- The procedure is completed in-office and does not require a trip to the hospital
- There are fewer complications
- There is less discomfort
- It is just as effective as a conventional vasectomy
Questions About No Scalpel Vasectomy?
We are happy to schedule an appointment and take the time to discretely answer all the questions and concerns you may have. If you any have questions about getting a no scalpel vasectomy, visit our FAQ or contact our adult urology experts at Advanced Urology Associates at 815.409.4930 or request an appointment.