No-scalpel vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure, used by surgeons to sterilise men. It is one of the most popular forms of contraception worldwide and it considered to be safe, simple and very effective.
No-scalpel vasectomy is performed by the occlusion/section of the vas deferens, the small tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles of men into his semen.
What is no-scalpel or no-needle vasectomy?
The no-scalpel or no-needle technique is one of the three main surgical methods used to perform vasectomy.
Unlike the traditional approach of vasectomy, anaesthesia is applied without the use of needles and scalpel is not necessary (there are no incisions, only one or two small holes in the skin).
What are the benefits of no-scalpel vasectomy or needles?
NSV often involves less pain during the procedure with a lower risk of haemorrhage or infection. In addition, it leaves no noticeable scars.
Are there any risks or complications?
Yes, as with any surgical procedure, complications may occur. These include the possibility of infection, transient bleeding or bruising, temporary swelling or fluid build-up.
After the procedure, some men experience some pain, often as a dull pain, caused by a pressure in the tiny ducts of the epididymis. Normally, it disappears with oral analgesics.
Does vasectomy works immediately?
No, no vasectomy makes you sterile immediately, and you should continue to use other means to prevent against pregnancy until your doctor tells you otherwise.
Your doctor will analyse the semen (spermogram) and let you know when you can consider that vasectomy is complete. This can take approximately three months.
Will it affect my sex life?
Vasectomy only prevents the semen from containing sperm and does not affect your sexual behaviour, your ability to have an erection, orgasm, ejaculation or the ability to have and enjoy sex.
The amount of semen, the intensity, even the colour and texture, do not change noticeably when the sperm are not present.
What is the treatment process?
During the first visit to the Urology Centre you will be presented with the contraceptive treatments available, your urologist will inform you which is best suited to your situation. In our centre, we only recommend a treatment that is necessary.
In addition, the team of the Urology Centre informs you of all the payment facilities available.
A vasectomy is performed by occlusion/section of the vas deferens, the small tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles in men to become part of his semen.
The procedure itself usually takes approximately 20-30 minutes, sometimes less.
The procedure can cause sensitivity, discomfort and mild swelling during two to three days. You will be back to almost all of your normal activities in a week.
No vasectomy makes sterile immediately. Your doctor will analyze the semen (spermogram) and will let you know when you can consider that vasectomy is complete. This can take approximately three months.
How long do the procedure and recovery last?
The procedure itself usually has a duration of approximately 20-30 minutes, sometimes less. This procedure can cause sensitivity, Discomfort and mild swelling during two to three days. The patient will be able to return to almost all their normal activities within a week.
What happens during the postoperative period?
- The postoperative period following the intervention of vasectomy extends a little more than a month. You suffer the greatest inconvenience during the first days, mainly due to the pain and inflammation caused by the incisions.
- During the 24 hours following surgery, it is best if patient does not make many efforts. He is advised to stay quietly at home to avoid opening stitches and bleeding.
- In case of pain, the patient can take pain medicine prescribed by the doctor, always avoiding aspirin because of its anticoagulant ability. You can also apply ice to the groin area during 15 minutes several times a day.
- Perform healing of wounds twice a day following the indications of the doctor team in the hospital. Apply a little saline and betadine with a sterile gauze covered by another sterile gauze to prevent friction of underpants with the surgical wound.
- The vasectomy stitches will fall on their own approximately 2 weeks after surgery. Until then, it is recommended to avoid bathing, taking showers of over 5 minutes.
- During the postoperative period it is recommended to use brief-type underwear to prevent any inflammation of the testicles.
Considerations to be taken into account
- Vasectomy should be considered permanent, so you should take your decision carefully.
- Read and discuss all of your options with your partner and your doctor.
- Some men (or couples) may not be well suited for a vasectomy, particularly if one of them is under the age of 25 years.
- Short-term, temporary or changing circumstances may not be good reasons to consider a long-term or permanent procedure.
- A wide range of contraceptive methods provide couples with a variety of alternatives worth considering.
- The no-scalpel or no-needle vasectomy is an effective, well-tolerated and permanent method of birth control, using a minimally invasive technique.