What is a No Scalpel Vasectomy?

Blog: What is a No Scalpel Vasectomy?

A no scalpel vasectomy is a fast and easy way to provide permanent male birth control. The no scalpel technique leads to faster recovery and lower complications. Dr. Travis Green and Dr. James Harris are experts in this technique.

What is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a fast and easy way to provide permanent male birth control to people who no longer wish to have children. The procedure involves taking the vas deferens, the small tube that carries sperm from the testicles, and cutting it. This prevents the flow of sperm from the testicles out of the penis during ejaculation.

What is a No Scalpel Vasectomy?

A no scalpel vasectomy is an innovative technique that uses no scalpel or knife to make incisions on the scrotum. Instead, a small instrument is used to puncture the skin and bring out the vas deferens. This results in a much smaller hole in the skin leading to less pain, bruising, and complications. The same technique as a traditional vasectomy is used to cut and seal the vas deferens. Therefore, a no scalpel vasectomy is just as effective as a standard vasectomy but with less complications. The procedure can be done in the office with only local anesthesia and minimal pain in as little as 20 minutes.

Recovering from the No Scalpel Vasectomy

Due to the small puncture holes made in the skin instead of larger incisions, recovery is normally very fast. People are normally able to return to full normal activity after only a few days. Many patients are able to go back to work the same day as their procedure. We do recommend taking it easy for the first couple of days and ice combined with tight supportive underwear can make the recovery even simpler.

When is the vasectomy effective?

After the procedure, there are still some sperm located in the vas deferens that need time to clear out prior to intercourse without other forms of contraception. We recommend waiting 8 weeks prior to checking a semen sample to ensure that all sperm are gone. In that time it is important to ejaculate frequently and normally 20 ejaculations is enough to clear out residual sperm. Do not have unprotected intercourse until you have been cleared by your urologist after a semen sample has been obtained.

Is the No Scalpel Vasectomy Reliable?

Over 500,000 men in the United States undergo vasectomies each year. Only 1 to 2 men per 1,000 have a vasectomy that fails. 

Make an appointment with Gulf Coast Urology today for your vasectomy consultation. With convenient locations in Houston and Clear Lake, Texas, we proudly treat patients in Houston, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, and Southeast Houston.

Author
Travis Green, MD Dr. Travis Green is a urologist who completed his fellowship in sexual medicine and men's health at The University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

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