What Is a No Needle (or Needle Free) Vasectomy?
Most vasectomies are outpatient procedures performed with local anesthesia. At Philadelphia Urology Associates we have a method called a No-Scalpel Vasectomy, which unlike a traditional vasectomy, only requires tiny incisions, thus making it a much less-invasive approach. The puncture site can be covered with dressing and requires no stitches.
Now Philadelphia Urology Associates additionally offers a man choosing to have a vasectomy what's known as a "Needle Free Vasectomy" or a "No Needle Vasectomy" as an additional option for the procedure. In the "No Needle Vasectomy" procedure, a device known as a MadaJet delivers local anesthesia without a needle. It creates a high pressure spray that allows the anesthetic agent to penetrate the scrotal skin without causing pain. In other words, the MadaJet device "shoots" the anesthesia via rapid-pulse technology into the man's scrotum without the use of any needles! Although the Needle Free Vasectomy procedure is basically the same price as a "regular" vasectomy, the procedure does require some extensive additional training by the physician (that Dr. Sloane at Philadelphia Urology Associates has received).
As with any vasectomy procedure, after your No Needle Vasectomy you may feel some mild discomfort in the area, which can usually be relieved with an athletic support, ice pack or nonprescription pain medication. As with ALL vasectomies it is important to note afterwards that it will take from one to six months for all of the living sperm to pass out of your reproductive tract one-hundred percent. This means that you can still impregnate a woman during this time period and should therefore continue to use an alternate form of contraception when having sexual intercourse. Your Urologist or physician will be able to tell you through a semen sample when you are sperm-free, and they usually will schedule a follow-up appointment around ninety days after your procedure to test your sperm count. Keep in mind that at Philadelphia Urology Associates we offer our vasectomy patients "kits" that allows our patients to send their post vasectomy semen sample in from home and automatically receive an email report with the results. There is a cost associated with the semen sample kit, and some (not all) is usually reimbursable from your insurance plan.
Questions About Getting a Vasectomy?
At Philadelphia Urology Associates, Dr. Bruce Sloane is a nationally renowned specialist in Men's Health issues and Age Management Medicine. Dr. Sloane believes that a vasectomy is an excellent form of contraception and offers it to his patients without hesitation. Using state-of-the-art equipment and having extensive specialized education and training, Dr. Sloane will find the treatments and solutions that will work best for you.
Having two separate offices and physical locations in both Philadelphia and Darby allows Dr. Sloan the ability to treat patients throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas like Delaware County. We all understand here at Philadelphia Urology Associates that deciding whether or not to have a vasectomy is a major life choice, and many men find that the decision can be rather intimidating. For more information on the procedure, set up an appointment now by calling us at (215) 563-1199 or contact us online now!