Traditional Vasectomy or the No Needle No Scalpel Vasectomy
What are there significant differences between a traditional vasectomy and the No-Needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy?
The No-Needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that is a major advancement of the traditional open vasectomy procedure. With the addition of the jet sprayer it significantly improves the no scalpel vasectomy that was originally developed in China in the early 1970’s.
A traditional vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is done by injecting significant amounts of a local anesthetic followed by the use of a scalpel to make two incisions in the skin of the scrotum to reach the vas deferens tubes from the testicle. The vas deferens is lifted out, cut and tied off or clipped. The skin is then closed with some stitches. A traditional vasectomy takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. The major reasons men are afraid of the traditional vasectomy are concerns about sharp objects in the genital area and more pain during and after the procedure.
With a No-Needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy procedure there are no needles or scalpels used! Using a jet sprayer, an anesthetic like novocaine is focused on the skin surface. As soon as the aerosol liquid touches and anesthetizes the skin, it passes through the skin to numb each vas tube below it. Because the anesthetic can penetrate the vassal tissue (vas tissue), only a tiny fraction of the amount that is injected during a traditional vasectomy is required so there can be less distortion of each vas tube and less swelling after the procedure. Instead of cutting the skin in 2 places with a scalpel, a tiny, single, 3/16″ opening is made. Because the scrotal skin is very elastic, the skin opening begins to close by itself the moment your vasectomy procedure is completed. Since the scrotal skin seals by itself you won’t need painful, annoying stitches!
Comparison of Traditional Vasectomy Versus The No Needle No Scalpel Vasectomy
- A needle is inserted in the scrotum
- A scalpel is used to make an incision
- Stitches are used to close the incision
- Procedure takes 30 minutes+
- Recovery is up to one week or more
- Pain may more commonly limit resuming sexual and other activities for 1 – 2 weeks
- Infection rate is 1 to 2%
- No Needle No Scalpel
- A jet sprayer is used (No needles)
- No scalpel is used to separate the skin
- No stitches are needed
- Procedure takes less than 15 minutes
- Recovery takes 2-7 days
- Most activities, including sex, can be resumed within 7 days
- Infection rate is less than 0.5%
There is no evidence that a vasectomy (either method) will change a man’s sex drive or performance. Because of improved spontaneity, many men say sex is better. With a No-Needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy you may be able to enjoy sexual activities sooner!
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