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No Scalpel Vasectomy Offers Less Bruising, Smaller Scars & Faster Recovery 6/21/2019 Every year more than one-half million men in the United States have a vasectomy. The procedure is considered nearly 100 percent effective, safe, and avoids interference with sexual pleasure.

No Scalpel Vasectomy Offers Less Bruising, Smaller Scars & Faster Recovery

Every year more than one-half million men in the United States have a vasectomy. The procedure is considered nearly 100 percent effective, safe, and avoids interference with sexual pleasure. In addition to the traditional procedure, many men are now choosing an alternative procedure, No-Scalpel Vasectomy, that studies show has significant advantages over conventional vasectomy.

No-scalpel vasectomy is considered a more gentle vasectomy technique that can minimize bruising.

“The primary difference compared to the conventional vasectomy is that the vas deferens is controlled and grasped by the surgeon in a less traumatic manner – and is considered a more gentle vasectomy technique that can minimize bruising. This results in less pain and fewer postoperative complications,” says Dr. Joseph Graversen, a urologist with Urology Health Specialists at our Bryn Mawr and Paoli locations.

 

As the name suggests, the "No Scalpel" method does not involve a scalpel, but a small opening is still necessary. Key to the No Scalpel Vasectomy are the special instruments that allow the procedure to be done with generally less manipulation of the patient's tissues. In the procedure, the doctor locates the patient's vas deferens under the skin of the scrotum, and holds a tiny tube in place with a small clamp. Small pointed forceps separate the layers of tissue and then creates a tiny opening in the skin to form an opening for the vas deferens to be gently lifted out, then cut, tied, clipped and/or cauterized and put back into place.

 

Physicians who perform the No Scalpel method of vasectomy believe that the procedure produces less complications and discomfort with less bruising, smaller vasectomy scars, and faster recovery time. “The procedure usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes and most men experience very little pain or discomfort, enabling them to return to nearly all activities typically within a week, “ adds Dr. Graversen.

 

Generally, a vasectomy is performed in the UH Urology office under local anesthesia. After the anesthesia takes effect, a small incision is made in the scrotum. In the no-scalpel vasectomy method, a small instrument is used make a puncture instead of a small cut. The procedure is straightforward and similar to a visit to the dentist.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Your urologist will give you specific instruction about returning to work and sexual activity. Most men recover completely in less than a week and many are able to return to their job as early as 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.

 

• Most men can drive home afterwards. However, if you have been given medication to help you relax, you will need an adult to drive you home.
• Return home immediately and remain off your feet after the procedure and avoid strenuous or sexual activity.
• Apply an ice pack on the site for 8 hours to minimize swelling and discomfort.
• Wear a supportive undergarment such as a jockstrap to apply pressure to the scrotal area.
• The UH urologist will prescribe a pain medication or you may simply take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol.

 

 

 

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