If you’re joining the half a million men in the United States who undergo a vasectomy each year, you want to choose the path of least resistance. We’re answering that call with our innovative no-scalpel vasectomy, which is just as effective at putting an end to your ability to impregnate a woman as a traditional vasectomy.
Our team here at Arizona Urology takes great pride in offering our patients the very latest techniques for accomplishing age-old problems, from urinary incontinence to birth control. If you’ve opted for a vasectomy as your preferred form of birth control, here’s a look at what you can expect during our no-scalpel procedure.
No-scalpel vasectomy: Step by step
When you first come in, we make you comfortable in one of our sterile treatment rooms. Next, we administer a local anesthetic around your scrotum so that you won’t feel a thing other than some minor tugging.
Once you’re ready, we use a tool called a hemostat to gently puncture the skin of your scrotum to allow us access to your vas deferens. The other name for this procedure is a keyhole vasectomy, which is a great description of what we accomplish with the hemostat.
Through this “keyhole,” we locate and pull out each vas so that we can perform the occlusion, which effectively prevents your sperm from reaching and mixing in with your ejaculate. Once we complete the occlusions, we simply replace each of your vas.
In all, we typically perform a no-scalpel vasectomy in just 15-20 minutes and you’re free to return home afterward.
After your no-scalpel vasectomy
Since we don’t make any incisions during your vasectomy, there’s not much you need to do in terms of wound care and dressing. You should, however, plan on taking it easy for a day or two and you may feel some soreness, which is easily remedied by applying a cold compress (package of frozen peas, for example) and taking over-the-counter medications.
It’s important to note that the effects of your vasectomy may take some time so you should continue to use alternative birth control methods until we give you the all-clear. In most cases, we perform a sperm count at around 10-12 weeks and after you’ve had 30 ejaculations.
If we haven’t answered all of your questions about the no-scalpel vasectomy, please contact one of our locations in Goodyear, Glendale, Gilbert, or Phoenix, Arizona, and one of our staff can help.