What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a minor surgical operation wher the goal is to block the passage of sperm along two small tubes known as the vas deferens and so cause the man to become infertile and unable to cause a woman to become pregant.
Mostly the semen volume comes from the prostrate and seminal vesicles. Only about 5% come from the testes as sperm so after vasectomy the ejaculate looks unchanged.
What is a no scalpel Vasectomy?
The open ended no scalpel vasectomy is a variation on the normal vasectomy which is less invasive and is less painful.
A no scalpel vasectomy involves a tiny puncture made with a needle like device rather than a scalpel. The puncture is made on the skin of the scrotum and the vas deferens cord is withdrawn from the body and looped over the device.
A segment of the vas deferens is then removed and the end of the cord closest to the body is sealed with a cautery device.
The vas deferencs cord is then returned into the scrotum.
The puncture hole seals spontaneously and stitching is not necessary.
After the vasectomy procedure there is very little to see externally.
Local anesthetic on the scrotum is all that is necessary to ensure a painless vasectomy operation
Generally a relaxing, sedative medication is also given to ensure a pleasant experience. Many men sleep through the procedure.
After a vasectomy it is preferred the patient lay flat particularly for the remainder of the day of the procedure.
If necessary the patient may wish to periodically apply cold packs to his scrotum.
Most normal daily activities can be resumed over the next few days.
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