Why You Should Consider a No-Scalpel Vasectomy

No-scalpel vasectomy is an increasingly popular and effective way to ensure that your partner cannot get pregnant. It’s considered one of the easiest and safest types of vasectomies, too, because it doesn’t require the doctor to slice through the skin in order to get access to the tubes that transport sperm from the testicles to the urethra and out of the body during ejaculation.

My Experience

No scalpel vasectomies are minimally invasive and require no incisions. Instead, your doctor will numb the skin of your scrotum with local anesthetic to create an opening through which the tubes carrying sperm (the vas deferens) can be cut and sealed. Once finished, the small puncture wound is closed with a single stitch or adhesive bandage. The procedure takes just 20 minutes to complete and there is little discomfort postoperatively; you might feel some swelling for the first few days, but this should subside within about five days following surgery.

What Happens During the Procedure

Most surgeons will have you lie down on your back with your knees bent and your feet spread apart. The doctor will then use one hand to hold open the skin around the vas deferens while the other uses an instrument called a scalpel to make two cuts (one at each side of the scrotum). Next, he inserts the tube of fluid into one cut and forces it out of the other with pressure. After he injects or applies topical anesthetic onto the area, he’ll either use his fingers or forceps to gently tug on one side of the vas deferens in order to disconnect it from where it attaches inside your body.

Benefits of a No-Scalpel Vasectomy

The no-scalpel vasectomy is less invasive than the traditional, scalpel vasectomy and has been proven to be just as effective at preventing pregnancy. In addition, it doesn’t involve the same amount of risk or pain. The most common side effects are small amounts of bleeding, bruising and swelling that lasts for only a few days after the procedure.

1)The discomfort level is much lower with this approach to vasectomies because there’s no need for an incision across the scrotum.

Where Can I Get it Done?

A no-scalpel vasectomy is typically completed in an office setting. In some instances, the procedure may be performed at an outpatient clinic with specialized surgical facilities. Patients should wear loose fitting clothing after the procedure and should not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for two weeks. They are advised to follow any specific instructions provided by their physician.

Recovery Time and Results

A no-scalpel vasectomy is minimally invasive, meaning there are no cuts or stitches on the exterior of the scrotum. The procedure can take from 10 to 20 minutes, and most men will be able to resume all of their normal activities immediately afterward. Surgery does not affect future fertility and there is a 98% success rate for no-scalpel vasectomies.

No-needle numbing means you won’t feel any pain during your procedure. Plus, you’ll have more control over your postoperative discomfort because you can choose to ice your scrotum as needed while following up with medications as prescribed by your physician.

Cost and Alternatives

Surgery and recovery time can take up to three days, and the procedure is more expensive than no-scalpel vasectomies. Pain associated with this surgery is typically more severe and lasts longer than what’s experienced during no-scalpel vasectomies. Additionally, you’ll need to abstain from sex for two weeks after your surgery date. No-scalpel vasectomies are not only cheaper but also less invasive, taking just about 15 minutes, during which anesthesia is applied locally so you feel nothing at all.