Traditional Vasectomy Vs. A No-Scalpel Vasectomy- What's the Difference?

Fenig _sliderimage 3 (2)A vasectomy is one of the safest and most effective and permanent methods of birth control. In fact, more than 500,000 vasectomies are performed every year. It’s a personal decision made by couples when they feel that they do not want children or their family is complete.

Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure in which the vas deferens, the tube that brings sperm from the testes to the penis during ejaculation, is cut and the ends sealed to prevent sperm from reaching the ejaculate. Understandably, some men are apprehensive about the vasectomy procedure because it involves such a delicate area of the body. However, an experienced urologist performs the vasectomy procedure with great precision, resulting in minimal discomfort. 

How a Vasectomy is Performed

Vasectomy is an outpatient procedure typically performed under local anesthesia. Your surgeon makes a small opening in the scrotum and the sperm duct, called the vas deferens, is exposed through the opening.  A 1-centimeter segment of the vas deferens is removed and then the ends of the vas deferens are cauterized and sealed with titanium clips and placed back inside the scrotum. 

The procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes. That’s it. Then, you’re sent home with instructions to rest and apply an icepack to the area for a day or two to reduce pain and swelling.             

It should also be noted that a vasectomy does not affect your libido, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual pleasure or erections.

What is a No Scalpel Vasectomy?

Traditional vasectomies are performed using a small needle to administer the anesthesia and a scalpel to make a small incision through the skin of the scrotum. This is where the fear factor comes into play for many men considering the procedure.

In a no-scalpel vasectomy, the urologist uses a special device to apply the anesthetic through the skin rather than a needle and an instrument called a dissector to puncture the skin of the scrotum instead of a scalpel to cut the skin. Once the skin is punctured, it is then stretched to make an opening for the vasectomy to be performed as usual. This 20-30 minute procedure often results in less pain and a quick recovery.

Are you considering a vasectomy or no-scalpel vasectomy? Get all the information you need; visit Chesapeake Urology’s Men’s Health website or call 866-953-3111 to find a urologist near you.