Renew Total Body Wellness Center
Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine & Regenerative Medicine Physician located in Decatur, IL
A vasectomy is one of the most effective ways to avoid pregnancy in the future, but the traditional method can feel intimidating for many men. At Renew Total Body Wellness Center in Decatur, Illinois, the team uses the no-scalpel vasectomy to reduce pain, bleeding, and recovery time. To learn more about the no-scalpel vasectomy, call Renew Total Body Wellness Center.
No Scalpel Vasectomy
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that sterilizes a man by blocking the vas deferens, or sperm ducts, which carry sperm from the epididymis — where sperm is stored — through the prostate and urethra during ejaculation. This prevents the sperm from mixing with semen.
During a conventional vasectomy, small incisions are made on each side of the scrotum to block the vas deferens. Because the procedure requires a scalpel to make the incisions, a conventional vasectomy can result in pain and bleeding.
How is a no-scalpel vasectomy different?
A no-scalpel vasectomy does not rely on incisions to block the vas deferens. Instead, your provider will gently locate the vas deferens and grasps them with a pair of specialized clamps, eliminating the need for a scalpel altogether.
There are many ways to block the vas deferens during a no-scalpel vasectomy, including cutting, tying, or cauterizing the tubes to sterilize them. To ensure this procedure is as effective as possible, your provider uses a combination of these methods.
What happens during a no-scalpel vasectomy?
A no-scalpel vasectomy takes about 60 minutes, which includes 15 minutes for preparation and 30 minutes for the actual procedure. After you arrive in the procedure room, you will take off your pants and lie down on the table.
The team gives you a sheet to cover with before tying your penis with an elastic band to keep it out of the way during the procedure. The band is then clipped to your shirt to expose the scrotum.
A surgical assistant must sterilize the scrotal area, as well as the vasectomy tools, which takes approximately 10 minutes. Next, a numbing solution is injected into the scrotum to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Finally, your provider locates the vas deferens tubes one at a time and grasps them with a specially designed clamp. They make a tiny puncture in the scrotum and gently lifts each vas tube out of the small opening.
Your provider then uses a four-step method to ensure your no-scalpel vasectomy is as effective as possible. They remove a small portion of the vas deferens to keep the tubes apart and cauterize the end of the tube. Your provider ties a permanent suture around the cauterized tube to further block it.
There is one final step to the process: “fascial interposition.” This involves placing one tube back into the surrounding tissues from which it was removed to tie it closed and keep the vas deferens apart.
These separated tubes are then placed back into the scrotum, and the same procedure is then performed on the other vas deferens.
Although the team places small tape strips on the opening to hold it together, the no-scalpel vasectomy does not require stitches.
What happens after a no-scalpel vasectomy?
You should feel perfectly comfortable leaving the office without help, but Renew Total Body Wellness Center recommends arranging a ride home.
In about two to four months, you will return to the office with two specimen sample bottles to ensure the procedure worked.
If you’re ready to consider a no-scalpel vasectomy, call Renew Total Body Wellness Center, or book an appointment online.