No-Scalpel Vasectomy in Alexandria & Woodbridge
A typical vasectomy procedure requires that two small incisions be made on the patient’s scrotum in order to access the vas deferens. Potomac Urology utilizes an even less invasive procedure that is often referred to as a no-scalpel vasectomy or a keyhole vasectomy.
How Does It Work?
Rather than making a sizable incision on the scrotum, the no-scalpel vasectomy is performed entirely through a puncture made in the scrotal sac. This hole is so small that stitches are rarely ever required after the procedure is complete. A topical anesthetic is applied to ensure that no pain is felt during the vasectomy.
The process is much the same as a standard vasectomy with the ultimate goal being to prevent the patient from having children in the future. To achieve sterilization, the vas deferens must be severed. These two tubes are responsible for transporting a man’s sperm to his semen, which is stored in the testes. By cutting the vas deferens, it becomes impossible for this sperm to travel outside of the body and potentially fertilize a woman’s eggs.
During a keyhole vasectomy, each of these tubes are gently manipulated until they protrude through the puncture site. Once our urologists at Potomac Urology have a clear visual of the area, the vas deferens are cut and blocked permanently.
Benefits of a No-Scalpel Vasectomy
Any type of vasectomy presents a number of advantages to each potential patient. Men who are looking to avoid future children in a way that is safe, effective, and affordable are often considered primary candidates for this kind of procedure.
Aside from the regular benefits of a vasectomy, the no-scalpel procedure also allows for:
- Shorter recovery time
- Reduced risk of complications such as infection or bleeding
- The ability to resume sexual activities much sooner
- No scarring
- The ability to perform the procedure from one of our convenient urology clinic locations
Patients should expect a mild amount of discomfort following their no-scalpel vasectomy. This pain should begin to gradually decrease almost immediately, though a majority of our patients report feeling little to no pain at all.
We recommend that patients rest for at least one day post-procedure. It is common to have soreness at rest for 2-3 days and soreness with activity for one week. Shortly after this period, you should be able to return to regular activities. If you are unsure about whether or not it is safe to engage in any routine task, please consult with your physician.
More Questions? Ask Potomac Urology!
If you would like additional information about the no-scalpel vasectomy procedure or would like to see if you are a candidate, please contact Potomac Urology today at (703) 680-2111 to schedule an appointment. You may also request an appointment with them online using our secure form.