No Scalpel Vasectomy

Dr Christopher Love can perform a vasectomy using a "No Scalpel" technique.

The “No Scalpel” vasectomy means no stitches are required so there is less bruising and discomfort and less chance of infection.

What is a Vasectomy?

What is a Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure which results in permanent birth control for men. A small section of the tubes (the ‘vas’ or ‘vas deferens’) are removed which carry sperm from the testicles to the tip of the penis. This prevents the sperm from mixing with the rest of the semen that you discharge when you ejaculate, so fertilisation cannot occur. A vasectomy procedure does not affect your sex drive, ability to have and maintain erections, experience orgasm, or your ability to ejaculate.

What is a "No Scalpel" Vasectomy?

What is a "No Scalpel" Vasectomy?

“No-scalpel” vasectomy is an advanced technique, originally developed in China, that uses a small clamp with pointed ends to puncture the skin instead of using a scalpel to cut the skin. The clamp is then opened to spread the tissues and perform the procedure. It means no stiches are required, there is less bruising and discomfort and less chance of infection.

What are the benefits of a No Scalpel Vasectomy?

What are the benefits of a No Scalpel Vasectomy?

No stitches • Less bleeding • Quick recovery and early return to work • Less damage to surrounding scrotal tissues • Less complications and post-surgical pain • No interference with testicles during surgery

How is a “no scalpel” vasectomy procedure done?

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.

What are the potential complications after a Vasectomy?

Complications after No-Scalpel Vasectomy are rare but can occur and include the following:

  • Swelling and Bruising
  • Superficial bleeding or hematoma around the scrotum
  • Infections in the surgical site
  • Failure of surgery
  • Pain in the incision
  • Chronic pain in the testicles

How quickly can I go back to work after a Vasectomy?

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.

What happens after a Vasectomy?

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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