Our vasectomy technique has been refined over decades to be minimally invasive.
Our procedure is quick, effective, and minimally invasive. We do not use a scalpel, nor even a needle for anesthetic. The entry point is so small we completely numb the area using a hypospray device, which injects a tiny stream of lidocaine through the skin using pressure alone. Just two quick “pops,” one for each vas, and you are instantly and thoroughly numb.
We achieve the most successful result while affecting as little as possible. We use the same entry point to access both vas deferens. No tissue is removed, nor permanent clips left inside.
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- After your consultation, the doctor will have you recline on the exam table. He will make sure you are comfortable before beginning an examination of your genital area. He will then cleanse the scrotum with a warm antiseptic solution.
- The doctor will then gently locate each vas deferens and administer local anesthetic with one snap of the hypospray over each vas. This numbs the central skin site and both vasa more effectively than needle anesthetic and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The first vas deferens is then held just under the skin on the front of the scrotum while a small puncture opening about 1/8 inch long is made in the skin to expose the vas. The vas is separated from the sheath of surrounding tissues and brought out through the opening. It is then cut and sealed using electrocautery, a small electric current that heats the lining of the vas.
- The sealing effect of cautery is temporary, but it stimulates formation of a strong scar that blocks the vas. This method has proven to have a high success rate. The two ends of the vas are then separated by a half-inch, and a layer of sheath tissue is closed with an absorbable suture, forming a barrier between them. This barrier helps to ensure that when healing is taking place, the ends of the vas will not reunite, allowing sperm to cross.
- The first vas is then put back in place, and the second vas is located and held where it can be reached through the same central opening. The second vas is cut and sealed, and the sheath sutured, just like on the left. The second vas is then put back into place.Since each patient’s anatomy is unique, his procedure will proceed at its own pace. Most vasectomies are completed in under 20 minutes. The doctor will be talking with you about your comfort and how your procedure is progressing.