There are tens of thousands of men who undergo a vasectomy each and every year. Most patients opt for this as they have completed their family, for health reasons or in some cases because of the efficacy of the surgery with regards to birth control. Commonly this surgery is referred to as ‘getting the snip’ which is a somewhat crude reference to the cutting of the vas deferens, which is the part of the genitals which carries the sperm. Many believe that this surgery involves pain and rudimentary medical equipment, but this is not the reality at all. In fact for the vasectomy no scalpel method is always preferred and this has been the case for decades.
The actual process is carried out by laser, and here is why this has long been the preferred option.
An invasive scalpel approach has always resulted in a much longer lay off for the patient. This of course stands to reason as there is flesh and skin which must heal after the incision is made. Recovery for this surgery is surprisingly quick in fact and most patients require no more than 3 or 4 days before everything is back to normal.
Reduction of Infection Risk
With any invasive surgery that involves the opening of the skin, there is a risk of infection. Even before the no scalpel method was introduced infections were at a minimum, but the risk still existed. A risk however is still just that and this is something which the surgeons wanted to reduce altogether. The modern day approach to the vasectomy has ensured that the risk of infection is almost zero.
Cost of The Procedure
Simply put this procedure is much quicker to complete than the old scalpel method and this ensures that the cost of the surgery is lower for the patient. The costs involved in the operation are largely based on time. This includes the duration of the theater rental, the surgeon’s time and the wages of the supporting nurses. The quicker operation ensures that patients pay less money. On average this operation takes just 30 minutes to complete.
Far Less Distress
To say that the no scalpel vasectomy is painless would be untrue, but the majority of patients report discomfort rather than pain. This is down to the modern technique which is used by the surgeon and it is one of the main reasons why researchers looked into a way of completing the vasectomy without a scalpel. The original operation caused pain and so required heavier sedation, now light anesthesia is used on the patient so that they have a far easier process during their time in the operating room.
If you are considering a vasectomy then it is important that you have armed yourself with all of the information about the surgery and that you have spoken with a healthcare professional so that they will be able to answer any questions which you may have.