ABOUT YOUR VASECTOMY
NO SCALPEL VASECTOMY
OPEN ENDED VASECTOMY
No Scalpel Vasectomy
No scalpel vasectomy is a minimally invasive procedure invented by Dr Shunqiang Li from China in 1974. It requires the use of two special instruments. The first to isolate the vas deferens (sperm tube ) and the second to blunt dissect and expose the vas. All of this is done under local anaesthetic and inhaled analgesia to ensure no discomfort during the procedure. The benefits of this approach are reduced bleeding and post operative complications. There are no external sutures to be removed after the procedure as they are not required with such a small wound .
Open Ended Vasectomy
Open ended vasectomy is designed to reduce post vasectomy pain syndrome (PVPS). This may occur in a small number of patients after vasectomy. By leaving the testicular end of the vas open this is reduced to one-third ( 2% ). This is similar to the background rate of significant testicular pain in any 12 month period experienced by adult males.
Open ended vasectomy is thought to reduce pressure in the epididymus by avoiding sperm build up. The vast majority of men who experience PVPS will get better spontaneously with time. It is important however to seek assistance if this happens as there are interventions that can help.