Patients sometimes ask me about the possibility of a no scalpel vasectomy. I’m not sure where they get this term from, maybe advertisements or Googling. I’m not surprised by this question, since the thought of a scalpel in that particular area is going to cause a little bit of anxiety, but it’s really nothing to fear.
A no scalpel vasectomy is mostly a marketing term. Instead of using a scalpel to make an incision in the scrotum, the doctor uses a sharp tool to pierce and then stretch the skin, creating the incision. The end result is the same whether you use a scalpel or not.
Either way, the scrotum is usually numbed by an anesthetic prior to any incision being made. At Austin Urology Institute, we use a high pressure jet spray to apply anesthetic to the area, which we call a no needle vasectomy. This feels about like getting thumped with a rubber band and should be the most painful part of the procedure.
I hope this clears up some confusion about no scalpel vasectomies. If you’d like to learn more about the vasectomy procedure, check out our vasectomy page. If you’re ready for permanent birth control, book a vasectomy appointment today.