Choosing a Vasectomy: Traditional Vasectomy vs. No-Scalpel No-Needle Vasectomy
Making decisions is a crucial part of becoming the best version of yourself. When choosing how to care for your sexual health, deciding on a safe and effective form of birth control can seem daunting. This is why most men decide to get a vasectomy, which can take the stress out of intimacy and prevent pregnancy at nearly 100%.
Vasectomy: What is it?
A vasectomy is a procedure that works to prevent sperm from getting into semen during ejaculation. Without sperm in your semen, it cannot travel into the fallopian tube and fertilize the egg. You will still ejaculate like normal, but the sperm will not be present.
Types of Vasectomies
Vasectomies have always been a simple procedure. With a needle and scalpel in hand, the doctor would perform the procedure and send you on your way. Thanks to advancements in technology, doctors can now perform the same surgery without the use of a needle or even a scalpel.
A traditional vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in the comfort of your doctor's office, under a local anesthetic and is usually completed in 30 minutes. The procedure begins by using a scalpel to make one or two incisions in the skin of the scrotum, then, the vas deferens are lifted, cut, and either tied or cauterized. The cut tubes are then returned to the scrotal sac and the incisions are then closed with a few stitches.
No-Scalpel No-Needle Vasectomy
The No-Scalpel No-Needle Vasectomy allows the patient to avoid the pain and discomfort of cutting the skin and receiving stitches. This procedure begins with locating the vas deferens on each side of the scrotum before the surgery. Then, a tiny puncture (rather than the incision) is created to lift the vas deferens tubes out to be cut, tied, and returned to the scrotum. No scalpel is used to cut the genitals open, and the puncture is so small that no stitches or sutures are required.
● Reduced Bleeding
● Lower Infection rate
● No Stitches
● Quicker Procedure
● Faster Healing Process
Vasectomy Side Effects
Vasectomies are a very safe procedure with a low risk of complications. However, as with all procedures, there are some side effects involved. There is a small risk of bleeding under the skin, experiencing chronic discomfort, and possibly a minor infection. There is still a small risk of pregnancy, but this risk is the smallest out of any form of birth control.
Vasectomies are a quick, simple, and virtually painless procedure. Many patients mistakenly believe that because they do not feel any discomfort following the procedure, that it is acceptable to disregard the doctor’s recovery instructions. Prioritizing your recovery is crucial to your health.
Traditional Vasectomy Recovery
Traditional vasectomies present a longer and greater risk of infection compared to no-scalpel vasectomies. After the procedure, patients can return home immediately. It is common to experience swelling, bruising, and testicle pain during the first few days after your surgery. It is recommended to avoid physical labor for at least one week following the surgery.
No-Scalpel No-Needle Vasectomy Recovery
No-Scalpel No-Needle vasectomies present a shorter recovery time and lower risk of infection. This is because there is no cutting involved with the procedure. Patients should still avoid physical labor for the first week following the surgery.
The Decision is Yours
Getting a vasectomy is a personal decision, meaning that the best procedure type will depend on an individual's conditions. However, most doctors strongly recommend the No-Scalpel No-Needle procedure because of the shorter recovery time, lowered risks, and the shorter procedure time. Just like with any surgery, consult your doctor before going forward to make sure it is the right option for you.