No Scalpel vasectomy, also known as key hole vasectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that is conducted without the need for any stitches post procedure. Consequently, patients experience less discomfort during the procedure, which is conducted under local anaesthetic, and recover far more quickly.
When considering a vasectomy it is important to note that it is a permanent method of contraception. We recommend that you consider your options carefully with your partner before electing for No Scalpel Vasectomy. During your initial consultation, the surgeons will explore all options available with you to ensure that you make the right choice for your circumstances.
How does the No Scalpel Vasectomy differ from Conventional Vasectomy?
In No Scalpel Vasectomy, the surgeon makes one tiny puncture with an instrument which is then used to gently stretch the opening it has made so that the vas deferens can be reached using the same method as conventional vasectomy. The new procedure can be carried out without the need for actual incision. There are no sutures so the wound heals far more quickly leaving no scar.
Does it hurt?
The procedure itself is performed under local anaesthetic. Recovery rates are 40-50% quicker than conventional vasectomy and the technique has consistently shown to be associated with a ten-fold reduction in complications with much reduced post-operative pain.
In safe hands
Dr Gabriel has over 25 years experience employing this technique and offers no-obligation consultations to discuss all aspects of the procedure.
How long will I need to take off work?
You should be able to return to light work the day after the procedure. Although please allow 2-3 days to be on the safe side. If your job is very physical or involves heavy lifting, a week off work is recommended.
What after care do I need?
There is a little discomfort with the local anaesthetic and once this has worn off any pain felt is only slight and can be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen.
How long will the procedure take?
The actual procedure will not take long and you can expect to be with the surgeon for about 45 minutes overall.
What happens after the procedure?
After the vasectomy, you will be given notes about what to expect. We advise you to ask someone else to drive you home.
Is there any risk to my health?
As with any operation there may be bruising and infection which is rarely serious and settles with time. Current evidence shows there are no major side effects; in particular there is no increased risk of prostate cancer, testicular cancer or heart disease. Your sexual function is unaffected and indeed there is some evidence that sex may be better without the worry of unwanted pregnancy.
How successful is the procedure and how will I know if it has been a success?
The current advice is that the failure rate for No Scalpel Vasectomy is 1:2000 (female sterilisation has a failure rate of 1:200). However, it is the most effective method of contraception available.
When can I stop using other contraception?
After the procedure there will still be active sperm in your system and we recommend you continue sexual activity with your partner using other methods of contraception until they are cleared. We will send you a sample pot 16 weeks after the procedure, we will let you know the result and may send you a second pot before informing you that the operation has been a success and other methods of contraception are no longer required.
We will ask you to post your samples directly to the lab (you will be provided with postal bags). You may be asked for a third sample but this is very rare. This is nothing to worry about, even if the lab finds one dead sperm in a sample it will not give the all clear.
Will I notice any difference after the procedure?
There will be a marginal reduction in the volume of your ejaculate after the procedure. You are unlikely to notice this difference.
Where do I start?
The first step is to make an appointment for a no obligation consultation where you will meet Dr Gabriel who will explain all there is to know about no scalpel vasectomy. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions, and to consider any other options available to you. These procedures are carried out regularly at Snowberry Lane Clinic so appointments are readily available. Call us today to make your appointment.