What is a no-scalpel vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a simple surgery for male sterilization. During a no-scalpel vasectomy, the skin of the scrotum is not cut with a scalpel. Instead, one tiny hole puncture is made to reach both vas deferens tubes. The vas deferens tubes are then tied off, blocked or cauterized (closed with an electrical current). The procedure is done to permanently protect against pregnancy. During the surgery, the small tubes that carry sperm in the scrotum (vas deferens) are blocked off so that it cannot leave the body and cause pregnancy. No-scalpel procedures see reduced bleeding and a lower risk of bruising, infections and other complications.* There’s no scarring with this method and you will not need stitches.*

The alternative to this procedure is an incision vasectomy. During an incision vasectomy, one or two small cuts are made in the skin of scrotum. The vas deferens tubes are then tied, cauterized or blocked with surgical clips. The entire procedure can take 20 minutes and then the cut will be stitched up. You will be able to go home the same day with either method.*

How safe is the procedure?

No-scalpel vasectomies are routine and extremely safe.* Very few people experience complications and the risks are minor and treatable.* Additionally, we use Nitronox, a N2O and O2 pain relief system, during the procedure. Nitronox delivers 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen directly to you on an “as needed” basis. You will be in control of the handheld supply valve in order to self-administer your own pain relief. To learn more about the procedure, please schedule a consultation at Jamison Family Medicine.

How effective is it?

Vasectomies are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Its success rate is close to 100% for preventing pregnancy, though not right away.* It can take a few months for your semen to become sperm-free.* Your doctor will do a semen analysis test after your surgery to confirm this. You should not have unprotected sex until the results come back from this test. This procedure is meant to be permanent, and should be performed on men who no longer want to have any children. Vasectomies will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

Schedule in Spokane, Washington

At Jamison Family Medicine, we only provide no-scalpel vasectomies. If you live in Spokane or the surrounding areas and you wish to get vasectomy, schedule today. We can answer any questions or concerns that you have about the procedure. Schedule online or by phone: (509) 319-2430.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.