The No Needle, No Scalpel Vasectomy: My Experience
It seems to me that many men are afraid to get a vasectomy because of the anxiety that the procedure will be painful. This I can definitely understand, as the idea of getting a shot in your scrotum sounds very painful indeed. Of course, local anesthetic burns like crazy no matter where it’s administered, and of course it would be much, much more uncomfortable on the more sensitive areas of the anatomy (and we all know how sensitive that part of the male anatomy is). That’s why I sought out a doctor who did the new no needle, no scalpel method for vasectomy.
The no scalpel vasectomy has been around for some time, which is essentially a vasectomy done kind of like an arthroscopic surgery. Instead of two incisions being made in the scrotum, only one puncture wound is made in the center with a scissor-looking thing, and the vas deferens are operated on from there. This is relatively new, but it’s been in use for some time now. However, the no scalpel vasectomy retained the traditional needle-and-syringe method of delivering anesthetic, so there was still that part of the procedure that could be quite painful.
Later, new groundbreaking technology for delivering the anesthetic came about with the introduction of the jet injection system. Instead of a needle and syringe, the anesthetic is delivered using a needle-less, high pressure injection system which delivers little sprays of anesthetic. through the scrotal skin and into the vas deferens (and is also used to numb the puncture site).
Well, to make a long story short, about the most pain I felt during the entire procedure was about like a rubber band pop (each tiny jet injection felt exactly like this). I was numb pretty quick, and the actual procedure was completely painless. I was a bit sore immediately after the anesthetic wore off, but I recovered quite quickly from it. In fact, I went for a 5-mile run the very next morning, I was feeling that good. All in all, it was no big deal.
After I finally got back on the operating table, I was in-and-out in about 30 minutes, with the actual procedure only taking about 10 minutes. The other time was prep/sterilization, and then the immediate post-op observation to make sure everything was OK and that I wasn’t having any serious immediate complications. All in all, it was not that big of a deal.
In that light, I would highly recommend the no needle, no scalpel vasectomy to anyone considering vasectomy. Seek out a urologist near you who performs this procedure, as it will minimize the discomfort of the procedure. Of course, you might run into similar problems if you’re childfree that you would with other urologists who offer other vasectomy techniques, but it’s worth it, even if you have to drive a ways to have it done. My thinking is that it will be standard vasectomy practice a decade or so from now because of how quickly it’s gaining popularity.