Finally the news spreads of a pain-free Vasectomy

The news of a vasectomy that can be conducted without a scalpel or needle will be new to the majority of people, but according to top experts this type of vasectomy has been kept in China for over thirty years. However, Dr Pugash of southern California is now offering the surgery to his patients. With vasectomies amongst men encouraged in many parts of the world, due to its simplicity compared to female sterilization, this could spell an even higher rise in vasectomies as a birth control.

In a normal vasectomy, the patient receives a local anesthetic to numb the tissue and skin of that particular area, which is administered using two needle injections. In the no-needle vasectomy the area is instead numbed by a rapid spraying solution called Novacaine. Once placed on the designated area and sprayed, the numbing agent comes out that rapidly that it penetrates the skin and numbs the area, and is pain-free. For surgeons, this simplifies the surgery, leaves the patients virtually pain free and gives the patients freedom from anxiety of needles.

The no scalpel part of the procedure is still an up and coming feature of vasectomy operations, and you may find your local clinic doesn’t offer the procedure, but it may be worthwhile searching around as several clinics within the UK are beginning to offer it. In a traditional vasectomy the tubes within the penis that would normally carry the sperm (vas deferens) are cut to prevent sperm from being ejaculated out of the penis. This would involve two incisions and the need for stitches. However, within the no-scalpel surgery a small clamp is placed on the outside of your scrotum where it will hold the vas deferens. This is lifted out of the scrotum through a tiny keyhole inserted in the skin where it is then sealed using heat before being placed back into the scrotum. This results in a virtually pain-free recovery, with less chance of infection and complications and a much quicker operation.

If you are considering a vasectomy you should be 100% sure that it is what you want, because even though vasectomies are reversible it does mean further operations that aren’t always a hundred percent effective. Equally, if you are interested in having a no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy then you should make sure you fully research the procedure and consult your local health centre for where a fully trained surgeon is able to carry out the procedure for you.

Thursday 3rd December 2009

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