A later approach to the vasectomy, no-scalpel vasectomies gained popularity in the 1980s and have since continued to grow in efficacy as new medical tools and techniques emerged. Christopher Lee, MD, at South Jersey Urology Consultants in Vineland, New Jersey, has performed countless no-scalpel vasectomies and recommends them for their improved recovery period and speed, all without sacrificing results. To learn more, call Dr. Lee to schedule your consultation or book online.
Conventional vasectomy procedures involve your doctor making two small incisions in your scrotum so that they can seal off the tubes that carry sperm to your semen, called the vas deferens.
The main difference between conventional and no-scalpel vasectomies has to do with how Dr. Lee accesses your vas deferens. Instead of cutting into your scrotum, he uses a needle to create a small access hole, also known as a “keyhole.”
A no-scalpel procedure is a quick outpatient procedure that allows you to return home the same day. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Lee requires you to refrain from taking pain-relieving medications for up to 48 hours beforehand to reduce the risk of bleeding.
You’ll be outfitted with a hospital gown and placed under anesthesia just prior to the procedure. Once you’re prepared, Dr. Lee locates your vas deferens through your scrotum and holds it in place with a clamp. Afterward, he inserts a small needle into your scrotum to allow access to the vas deferens.
Dr. Lee pulls the vas deferens through the hole and creates a cut, severing the connection. After sealing the incisions, Dr. Lee places the vas deferens back into its normal position.
As an incision-less procedure, recovery is much faster than a conventional vasectomy. Dr. Lee will cover the vasectomy site with gauze, which you might need to change from time to time.
You’re free to shower a day following the procedure but should take care when drying your scrotum.
You might experience some swelling and slight pain for up to 36 hours following the procedure. Ice packs wrapped in a towel can help reduce swelling and pain.
You should avoid intercourse, including ejaculation, for a week following the procedure, and avoid strenuous activities that might place a strain on your groin.
Like a conventional vasectomy, a no-scalpel vasectomy is reversible, though success is not guaranteed. For this reason, Dr. Lee recommends a vasectomy only if you’re sure you don’t wish to have additional children.
If you want to hear more about this minimally invasive birth control procedure, the experts at South Jersey Urology Consultants are happy to help. Call to schedule your consultation or book online.