Instead of making an incision into the scrotum, your urologist or physician will make a small puncture into the skin then stretch the skin gently to see inside. At this point the doctor will then basically use the same technique as a traditional vasectomy to cut and seal the vas deferens. The puncture will close immediately when the procedure is completed and there is no need for any stitches to be used.
What to Expect After A No Scalpel Vasectomy?
Recovering from a No-Scalpel Vasectomy is where the major "perks" or benefits are seen from the procedure. With a no-scalpel procedure the recovery time is greatly shortened, while the patient will also experience less swelling, bruising and/or soreness versus a traditional vasectomy procedure.
1. Shorter Recovery Time -
Following a no scalpel vasectomy, the majority of men find that they can resume their normal or usual activities after just a few days. Compared to the recovery time for a traditional vasectomy, which is normally closer to a full week, the n0-scalpel vasectomy is seen as a more viable option for many men.
2. Less Bruising and Swelling -
With the no-scalpel procedure, most men experience significantly less bruising, swelling and/or soreness than seen with traditional vasectomies. Also, with a traditional vasectomy soreness, swelling, and bruising may be of a "lingering nature", not seen with the no-scalpel procedure.
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 No-Scalpel 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!