If you are assessing your family planning needs and do not want to have children, a vasectomy may be the right procedure for you. A vasectomy is a surgical procedure performed to block sperm from reaching semen. This prevents a woman from becoming pregnant after sexual intercourse. It is a simple birth control procedure that has a very high success rate, which is why it is chosen by over 500,000 men in the United States each year.
Types of Vasectomy Procedures
There are two types of vasectomies:
Incision or Conventional Method
The conventional type of vasectomy involves the surgeon making one or two incisions on the scrotum. The small cuts permit the surgeon to reach the vas deferens, the tubes that transport sperm from the testicles to the urethra, which expels sperm. A small piece of the vas deferens is taken away so that a gap is created between the tube ends. The gap eliminates the pathway for sperm to travel. Once the pathway is interrupted, the surgeon will cauterize and suture the ends to ensure the procedure is successful and that no sperm will pass through.
The healing time involved after a conventional vasectomy can be a few weeks. Although, you can return home the same day of your procedure. There will be some minor soreness and pain after your procedure, but your doctor will likely prescribe medication and recommend rest and ice therapy to help.
Unlike a conventional vasectomy, a no-scalpel method doesn’t require a scalpel incision, though a small hole will be made in the skin of the scrotum, using an instrument that is similar to a needle. The surgeon will then expand the hole enough that the vas deferens can be gently pulled through. Once lifted out through the tiny hole, the deferens are either cut, seared, or tied before being placed back into position.
The advantage of the no-scalpel method is that it will result in less bleeding and blood clots that might otherwise form. There is also less chance of an infection occurring following the procedure because less of the skin is opened. With less trauma to the skin (no need for stitches or cuts), the healing time is generally shorter with the no-scalpel method. The no-scalpel procedure also generally takes the surgeon less time to perform, and patients often report feeling less pain following surgery.
Both the no-scalpel and incision methods of vasectomy are outpatient procedures. Determining which procedure is right for you will require a discussion with an experienced urologist. Both types of procedures are extremely safe and have a very high success rate. If you have a preference between the two, talk to your doctor.
No-Scalpel Vasectomy in Arizona
If you are interested in learning more about vasectomies and whether this is the right form of birth control for you, contact the experts at Urologic Surgeons of Arizona. We have a wealth of experience performing vasectomies and would love to help you.
To make an appointment, please call (480) 409-5060. You may also request an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!