You’ve decided you’re done having children (or you don’t ever want to have them), and you’re ready for permanent birth control — otherwise known as a vasectomy. While you like the idea of never having to worry about an unplanned pregnancy again, you don’t really like the idea of having incisions (followed by stitches) on either side of your scrotum.
Luckily, taking charge of your reproductive health doesn’t require you to have an invasive surgical procedure. In fact, with our advanced no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), you can achieve your sterilization goals without incisions or sutures.
Dr. Johnny Serrano, our board-certified general surgeon in Glendale, Arizona, specializes in the minimally invasive NSV at Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy. Here, he explains how this innovative technique works — and why it’s so much better than a conventional vasectomy.
How does a standard surgical vasectomy work?
A vasectomy is a permanent form of male contraception that keeps sperm out of your semen by cutting the vas deferens, or the tubes that transport sperm from your testicles to your urethra.
If there’s no sperm in your semen, it can’t leave your body when you ejaculate during sexual intercourse. You still ejaculate normally, and your body still produces sperm, but the procedure ensures that your sperm stays inside your body — and that your exiting semen is sperm-free.
Conventional vasectomy surgery is a minor procedure that typically takes about half an hour. It’s completed in six basic steps:
- Your surgeon numbs your entire scrotum with a local anesthetic
- Once you’re numb, they make small incisions on each side of your upper scrotum
- Next, they locate the vas deferens on each side of your scrotum
- Your surgeon withdraws a portion of each tube through its overlying incision
- They cut and seal the vas deferens on each side, disconnecting the sperm pathway
- Finally, they close your scrotal incisions with absorbable sutures or surgical glue
Vasectomy surgery is almost 100% effective — just 0.0001% of men (one in 10,000) who have a vasectomy cause a future unintended pregnancy.
What makes the no-scalpel vasectomy different?
A traditional surgical vasectomy and a minimally invasive NSV achieve the same goal: Both procedures permanently disconnect the vas deferens pathway so sperm can no longer enter semen and exit the body.
The difference lies in how each procedure reaches that objective — and the NSV method is much gentler and considerably less invasive.
As advertised, a no-scalpel vasectomy doesn’t rely on surgical incisions to gain access to the vas deferens. Instead, it uses a highly advanced, ultra-minimally invasive “micro-puncture” method to create one tiny opening in your scrotum. Here’s how it works in six basic steps:
- First, Dr. Serrano numbs the upper area of one testicle
- Next, he uses a specialized instrument to create a tiny hole in your skin
- Then, he gently stretches the opening just enough to extract the vas deferens
- Dr. Serrano then disconnects the tube and seals the sperm pathway closed
- Through the same opening, he extracts and disconnects the other vas deferens
- Finally, he places a bandage over the tiny skin opening
Because the surgical opening is so small, bleeding is minimal, and stitches are unnecessary — the hole can heal and close itself with just a basic bandage.
Major advantages of the no-scalpel vasectomy
We can safely say that no man is comfortable with the notion of having surgical incisions and sutures on the most sensitive area of their body — that’s why standard vasectomy surgery has such a strong “squirm factor,” even when the outcome of the procedure is strongly desired.
Fortunately, the minimally invasive NSV can provide that very same outcome without the squirm factor — and with several important advantages, including:
- Far less tissue trauma
- Less bleeding
- Lower risk of infection
- Minimal post-surgical discomfort
- Faster tissue healing
- A quicker overall recovery
- No residual scarring
The typical NSV procedure is faster, too, often taking less than 15 minutes to complete. As you’d expect, the NSV approach is just as effective as traditional vasectomy surgery, providing nearly 100% protection against unintended pregnancy.
To learn more about the in-office NSV procedure at Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy in Glendale, Arizona, call 623-321-5663 or click online to schedule a visit with Dr. Serrano today.