No Scalpel Vasectomy is a safe and effective surgical procedure for permanent birth control through male sterilization. During the procedure, the vas deferens is blocked, which stops the flow of sperm from the testicles to the urethra.
There are different vasectomy techniques. The no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is a non-invasive technique that reduces trauma to the scrotum and vas deferens. This vasectomy technique was developed in China in the early 1990’s. The procedure is quick, usually 5 to 10 minutes. During the procedure, the doctor makes a tiny skin opening, removes a small segment of vas, and the ends are cauterized and clipped.
Pain is mild and usually treated with Tylenol or ibuprofen. We can arrange for pre vasectomy sedation and pain medicine if the patient feels he will need it. Occasionally we can opt for the procedure to be done under anesthesia in the hospital.
Patients are usually able to leave the office after about an hour and should return home to rest for two to three days after the procedure. Most men find that they can resume their typical lifestyle routines within a week, and have minimal discomfort during their recovery period.
The length of vasectomy recovery time varies, but most men are able to return to work after two or three days and can resume normal physical activities in three to seven days. Some minor swelling or discomfort sometimes remains for up to two weeks after the surgery.
Vasectomy is not easily reversed and should be considered a permanent method of birth control. We recommend waiting until a week or two after the procedure before resuming normal sexual activity. However, it is important to use an alternate form of birth control until a semen analysis confirms that there are no sperm in your ejaculate. This usually occurs two to three months after the procedure.
There is a common misperception that vasectomy can increase a man’s risk of dementia, prostate cancer, and immune disorders. To date, researchers have found little evidence to substantiate any of these claims. While all surgical procedures carry the risk of side effects and complications, in general vasectomy has not been linked to any serious, long-term conditions.
In addition, vasectomy should not have any impact on a man’s sex drive, ability to perform sexual activities or quality of sexual activity.
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