A vasectomy is a surgical procedure where a urologist removes a portion of the vas deferens and seals it so that sperm can no longer reach the prostate where it would normally mix with semen and potentially cause a pregnancy in the female partner. It is a procedure that has been performed successfully for years and is considered the most effective method of male sterilization and male fertility control. More than half a million vasectomy procedures are performed in the United States each year.
A recent advancement known as the “no-scalpel vasectomy” procedure is being used now and is the preferred vasectomy method by the urologists at North Dallas Urology Associates because the procedure takes less time, causes less discomfort, and has lower rates of bleeding and infection compared to the conventional method.
During the no-scalpel vasectomy procedure, only one tiny puncture is made into the skin using a specialized instrument. During this minimally invasive procedure, the vas deferens is separated from blood vessels and nerves. The tubes are cut and blocked using the same method as a conventional vasectomy, but because no incision was made by a scalpel, there is very little bleeding and no need for stitches to close the tiny opening. The tiny puncture hole will heal quickly with little or no scarring.
The no-scalpel vasectomy is usually done in office with the use of a local anesthetic and usually takes anywhere between 10-15 minutes to complete. Recovery from a no-scalpel vasectomy usually only takes 3 to 5 days. Sex can usually be resumed 7 days after the procedure. However, you will still need to use birth control because you will not be sterile right away. You will not be considered sterile until your physician has run a post-vasectomy semen analyses that prove that no sperm remain in your semen.
Please contact the North Dallas Urology Associates for more information on male sterilization. For additional resources on the no-scalpel vasectomy procedure, or to make an appointment at ourPlano, Richardson and Frisco locations, call 972.612.8037. To schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, call 972.548.8195.