No Scalpel Vasectomy
First developed in China in 1974, No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) is now the most preferred vasectomy method worldwide. The NSV technique has been refined over the years to be quicker, less invasive, just as effective and with fewer complications than traditional methods. A vasectomy is the most effective method of male sterilisation and contraception. The procedure divides the tubes carrying sperm (vas deferens) from the testicles to stop the sperm from mixing with semen (the fluid that’s ejaculated from the penis).
During a No Scalpel Vasectomy local anaesthesia is used to numb both the scrotal skin and the underlying tubes carrying sperm (vas deferens). A small ‘keyhole’ is then made in the front of the scrotum to spread rather than cut the skin which has been shown to reduce the risk of bleeding, swelling and pain whilst being less invasive.
Each vas deferens is lifted through the small hole and divided. The upper end of each vas deferens is sealed using cautery. The ends of each vas deferens are then separated and placed out of alignment by applying a dissolvable tie to the sheath surrounding each vas deferens such that the upper end remains enclosed within the sheath and the lower end outside the sheath. No stitches are required and the wound is usually sealed by the next day making aftercare for patients a lot more simple and less prone to infection.
If you have decided not to have more children, a vasectomy is a safe, effective and permanent method of contraception. There are other family planning options available to men and women including the oral contraceptive pill and tubal ligation (women having their tubes tied), however, the No Scalpel Vasectomy technique is a more reliable form of contraception and is now much quicker and less invasive.
If you decide that a vasectomy is right for you, you can opt to receive a dose of intravenous diazepam at no extra cost to help you relax before your procedure. Should you have a significant needle phobia, please speak with our staff and we can look at an alternative method for you.
If you have further questions about the No Scalpel Vasectomy technique, please discuss these with Dr Valentine during your initial consultation.