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Understanding the Vasectomy Procedure, Step-by-Step

Understanding the Vasectomy Procedure, Step-by-Step

On the surface, a vasectomy procedure can sound intimidating. However, once you break it down step-by-step, you’ll find it’s a relatively painless and straightforward process. Let’s review the vasectomy procedure, highlight no-needle and no-scalpel vasectomies, and touch on the benefits of undergoing this low-risk procedure.

Walking Through a Vasectomy Procedure

In total, a vasectomy procedure only takes about 10-30 minutes. During the procedure, a doctor will:

  1. Numb the scrotum with an injection of local anesthesia or via a hypospray in a no-needle vasectomy
  2. Make a small incision in the upper part of the scrotum or, in a no-scalpel vasectomy, make a small puncture in the scrotum rather than an incision
  3. Locate the tube that carries semen from the testicle (vas deferens)
  4. Withdraw part of that tube through the incision or puncture
  5. Cut the vas deferens where it has been pulled out of the scrotum
  6. Seal the vas deferens
  7. Close the incision

No-Needle and No-Scalpel Vasectomies

Many vasectomy patients are nervous about the initial numbing injection and incision in the scrotum. Today, many doctors perform no-needle and no-scalpel vasectomies. During a no-needle vasectomy, the local anesthetic is delivered via a hypospray, which numbs the operating area instantly without a needle. 

In a no-scalpel vasectomy, the vas deferens on each side of the scrotum are located before the procedure. A tiny incision is made without a scalpel to gently lift the vas deferens to be cut, tied, and put back. The doctor punctures a hole so small that no stitches or sutures are needed. A no-scalpel vasectomy is typically less painful, less risky, and has faster recovery times compared to a traditional vasectomy. 

Why Get a Vasectomy?

You may wonder if a vasectomy is worth getting in the first place. There are many benefits to this procedure, including:

  • Nearly 100% effectiveness in preventing pregnancies
  • Low risk of complications or side effects
  • Low price compared to female sterilization or long-term birth control usage
  • No need for birth control, condoms, etc.

Any type of medical procedure can be daunting, but a vasectomy has many more benefits than it does complications or side effects. 

Schedule Your Vasectomy Today

A vasectomy is a quick and highly effective procedure that offers many benefits. At the San Diego Vasectomy Center, we recommend no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomies to all our patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.