No-Scalpel Vasectomy Procedure

What to expect

The no-scalpel vasectomy procedure is a simple birth control solution, in which the tubes leading from each of the testicles are cut to prevent sperm leaving the body. The tubes (one on each side) are called the vas deferens. This is where we get the word “vasectomy” — literally cutting the vas. After a vasectomy, sperm can no longer travel through the vas deferens. The testes will still produce sperm, but as they have no where to go they are absorbed by the body. Patients do not experience any changes to their sex drive, and nothing else is changed about the body or its functions. Patients will still ejaculate normally — the only difference is the fluid will not have any sperm, thus eliminating the risk of pregnancy.

During the procedure a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Very little, if any, discomfort is felt while making a tiny puncture in the scrotum. Using a small surgical instrument, both vas deferens are gently drawn out through the puncture and cut, cauterized, and clips are applied. If desired, we can also perform an open-ended vasectomy, where the ends of  both vas deferens attached to the testicles are left open. We then use a few stiches to close the puncture and apply a small dressing. The procedure takes about 10 minutes.