Over 500,000 vasectomy procedures are done each year in the United States. Vasectomy is a simple, safe surgical procedure for permanent, effective male birth control.
No-scalpel vasectomies are a technique to do the vasectomy through one or two small punctures. This puncture is made into the scrotum and generally requires no suturing or stitches. The tube (called the vas) which carries sperm from the testicle is cut and sealed in order to stop sperm from leaving.
The procedure usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Since the procedure simply interrupts the delivery of sperm it does not change hormonal function – leaving sexual drive and potency unaffected.
No-scalpel vasectomy represents a significant improvement over conventional techniques in that it is less traumatic and shortens vasectomy recovery time.
This procedure is done with the aid of a local anesthetic called Xylocaine (similar to Novocaine). The interruption of the vas which is done with the no-scalpel technique is identical to the interruption made with conventional techniques. The no-scalpel technique is simply a more elegant and less traumatic way for the surgeon to control the vas and cut it.