If you are thinking about having a vasectomy, think long and hard. Once you are sure that you do not want any more children, you may decide to have a no-scalpel vasectomy. That would be a good decision, and we can stipulate that fact. Let’s dive into the benefits of a no-scalpel vasectomy.
What Is A Vasectomy?
All vasectomies have the same goal: to prevent sperm from mixing into your semen. It is a permanent form of birth control and stops sperm from leaving your body during sexual intercourse. How it is performed is different. Both are outpatient procedures and highly effective. You will still ejaculate but the fluid will not contain any sperm.
In both cases, the procedures are not fully effective until a few months after the procedure. You return for a follow up appointment in 90 days to check for any remaining sperm left.
How Does A No-Scalpel Vasectomy Differ From A Standard Vasectomy?
After a local anesthetic is applied, one or two tiny incisions are made into the scrotum to reach each of a man’s vas deferens. These are the ducts that transport sperm to the semen. They are surgically disconnected and sealed closed. The openings are closed with sutures or glue.
A No-Scalpel Vasectomy
Sometimes known as a “keyhole” vasectomy, there are no incisions. A small puncture is made into the scrotum to allow Siouxland Urology to gently separate the skin of the scrotum to reach the vas deferens. When the ducts are sealed, there are no stitches needed and the opening quickly heals.
Advantages Of A No-Scalpel Vasectomy
If you opt for a no-scalpel vasectomy, there are multiple benefits and advantages.
They include the following:
- Can return to normal activities in days
- Less bruising and swelling
- Less invasive
- Able to return to sexual activity as soon as you want
- Does not lower sex drive
- Less chance for bleeding complications
- No stitches or scarring
- Lower risk of infection
- 40-50% faster healing with little pain
- Less than 15 minute procedure
If you are sure you want to have a vasectomy, contact Siouxland Urology at (605) 217-7000 to learn more about a no-scalpel vasectomy at our office in Sioux City, SD.