The “No Scalpel” vasectomy means no stitches are required so there is less bruising and discomfort and less chance of infection.
For this procedure Dr. Love would highly recommend intravenous sedation medication before he administers an injection of local anaesthetic in the scrotum near each vas deferens.
Using IV sedation essentially means you will go off to sleep for the procedure, not aware of things and not feeling anything. It takes away any stress or anxiety associated with having the procedure.
There are some variations in how doctors deal with the vas, and Dr. Love prefers to remove small segments of the vas deferens on each side and separate each end. The cut ends of each vasa are cauterised to reduces the chances of the tubes re-joining (failure of the surgery), as well as closing each turned back cut end of each vasa with a surgical tie.
Complications after No-Scalpel Vasectomy are rare but can occur and include the following:
Dr Love often does vasectomies for patients on a Friday morning, via the Day Surgery Unit at Holmesglen Private Hospital.
He recommends having a quiet Friday afternoon and evening and restricting time “up and about” as much as possible on the Saturday and Sunday.
Most patients, unless they are doing heavy physical work, could be at work on the following Monday, still probably just a little bit uncomfortable, and it might take a further day or two to do most normal physical work. Heavy physical work, exercise and sport should be restricted for at least 1 week after the procedure and can re-commence when you feel comfortable.
As it takes some time for the sperm, beyond the point of the vasectomy, to “clear” from the system, you do not become sterile immediately after the procedure.
Dr. Love will arrange for you to do a sperm count (after 2- 3 months), to ensure a zero sperm count.
It is important to understand that you must use an alternative form of birth control until your sperm count is zero, as it is possible to get your partner pregnant until then.
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