No-scalpel vasectomy means a vasectomy procedure which is done without using scalpel. Scalpel is a thin and straight surgical knife usually used in dissection and surgery. Vasectomy, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure for men who want to stop making his sexual partner from pregnant again. It is done by cutting and sealing the tube leading from each testicle called vas deferens. This will block sperms from ejaculating out and go into woman vagina such as in normal sexual circumstances.
In no-scalpel vasectomy, instead of cutting the scrotal skin, the skin is punctured only once into the scrotum, aided with some special instruments. It needs no suturing or stitches. So basically, no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is an advance and better technique of a vasectomy.
A brief history of NSV
No-scalpel vasectomy was first developed in 1974 by a Chinese physician, Dr. Li Shunqiang. It is so popular that by 1988, it has been performed on over 10 million men in China alone.
In 1985, an international team of experts sponsored by Engender Health visited Dr. Li to observe and study his technique. They are convinced that no-scalpel technique is the better approach of vasectomy and should be made as a standard procedure for doing vasectomy.
Subsequently, Dr. Phaitun Gojaseni, one the member of that international team, has introduced this NSV technique in Thailand, upon his return.
This procedure also has been introduced to the western world by another member of the team, Dr Marc Goldstein of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
From then on, it rapidly becomes the acceptable standard vasectomy technique in the United States and has spread over to be practiced world wide.
Clinical facts about No Scalpel Vasectomy
1. Non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is found to produce fewer hematomas, a localized swelling filled with blood if compared with conventional vasectomy. The chances to get surgery infection are also lowered with this technique.
2. Men who have done this procedure reported less pain during the procedure and early in the follow up period.
3. NSV can be done comparatively faster than conventional vasectomy, with less invasive method.
4. They also reported early resumption of sexual activity after the surgery.
Two main instruments used are
1. The Ring Fixation Forceps:
It is used to encircle and to grasp the vas. It was specially designed to avoid any injury. It also comes in variety of sizes.
2. The Dissecting Forceps
It has a sharply pointed tip. Used to puncture and dilate the scrotal skin.
If you decide to stop producing baby, no-scalpel vasectomy is indeed a better choice over conventional vasectomy. But remember, you must think it over properly because it will be difficult to reverse your decision later on.