One of the most common and popular means for contraception around the world is vasectomy – a brief, surgical procedure used for male sterilization. It is a popular means of birth control for couples that have decided that their family is complete. It is nearly 100% effective and is intended to be permanent. Whether it is a traditional surgical or the less-invasive No-Scalpel vasectomy procedure, a successful vasectomy blocks the vas deferens, preventing sperm from becoming part of the seminal fluid that leaves the body at sexual climax. The vas deferens are the thin tubes in the scrotum that would normally carry sperm from the testicles to become part of the ejaculate. When the sperm channel is interrupted, the man becomes sterile and can no longer father a child.
No Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) is an office procedure that some feel have advantages over traditional vasectomies. A no scalpel vasectomy is safe, effective, comparatively faster, and has a quicker recovery time. As the name suggests, the "No Scalpel" method does not involve a scalpel, but a small opening is still necessary. The major key to the No Scalpel Vasectomy is the special instruments that allow the procedure to be done with generally less manipulation of the patient's tissues. In an NSV procedure, the doctor usually locates the patient's vas deferens under the skin of the scrotum by hand, and holds the tiny tube in place with a small clamp. Small pointed forceps separate the layers of tissue and then creates a tiny opening in the skin to form an opening for the vas deferens to be gently lifted out, then cut, tied, clipped and/or cauterized and put back into place. The surgeon may choose to close the opening in the skin with sutures. However, because the skin opening is much smaller than a conventional incision, it can close quite quickly without the necessity of suturing.