About half a million American men each year choose vasectomy for permanent birth control. Vasectomy is considered nearly 100 percent effective, safe, and avoids interference with sexual pleasure.
Urologists and family practitioners perform vasectomy procedures. Your doctor will use one of many techniques that he knows from experience will be effective and appropriate to use for patients. One technique that has grown in popularity with doctors and patients is known as the No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV). No-scalpel vasectomy is considered a more gentle vasectomy technique that can minimize bruising.
“The primary difference compared to the conventional vasectomy is that the vas deferens is controlled and grasped by the surgeon in a less traumatic manner. This results in less pain and fewer postoperative complications,” says Dr. Chris Schaefer, with UCA Bucks County.
As the name suggests, the “No Scalpel” method does not involve a scalpel, but a small opening is still necessary. Key to the No Scalpel Vasectomy are the special instruments that allow the procedure to be done with generally less manipulation of the patient’s tissues. In a NSV procedure, the doctor locates the patient’s vas deferens under the skin of the scrotum, and holds a tiny tube in place with a small clamp. Small pointed forceps separate the layers of tissue and then creates a tiny opening in the skin to form an opening for the vas deferens to be gently lifted out, then cut, tied, clipped and/or cauterized and put back into place.
Physicians who perform the No Scalpel method of vasectomy believe that their procedure produces less complications and discomfort with less bruising, smaller vasectomy scars, and faster recovery time.
For more information on No-Scalpel Vasectomy contact a UCA urologist near you.