Which form of vasectomy is more effective between a no-scalpel and a conventional vasectomy?

Answers from doctors (4)


They are equally effective, but a no scalpel is less invasive.

Answered by Mark J. Saslawsky, MD - Memphis Office (View Profile)

They are equally effective, but a no scalpel is less invasive.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Jul 26, 2017

They are equally effective. The no-scalpel technique utilizes instruments that allow for the opening to be smaller and to "capture" the vas to bring it out of the scrotum to complete the procedure. These instruments have allowed the procedure to be done quicker with less swelling and a quicker recovery. Most all methods remove a segment of the vas and then by various means seal the two ends. The success rates are similar regardless of which is chosen.

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

They are equally effective. The no-scalpel technique utilizes instruments that allow for the opening to be smaller and to "capture" the vas to bring it out of the scrotum to complete the procedure. These instruments have allowed the procedure to be done quicker with less swelling and a quicker recovery. Most all methods remove a segment of the vas and then by various means seal the two ends. The success rates are similar regardless of which is chosen.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Steven K. Sterzer, MD

Published on Jul 26, 2017

The effectiveness is the same. However, a no needle no scalpel vasectomy is a much easier procedure for the patient when done with experienced hands versus the established syringe, needles, and scalpel method.

Answered by Steven K. Sterzer, MD (View Profile)

The effectiveness is the same. However, a no needle no scalpel vasectomy is a much easier procedure for the patient when done with experienced hands versus the established syringe, needles, and scalpel method.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Neil H. Baum, MD

Published on Jul 25, 2017

Both are effective, that is, provide a permanent form of sterilization. The no-scalpel technique is done through a small opening, about 1\4 inch, and has less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure and usually with minimal or no bleeding.

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Answered by Neil H. Baum, MD

Both are effective, that is, provide a permanent form of sterilization. The no-scalpel technique is done through a small opening, about 1\4 inch, and has less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure and usually with minimal or no bleeding.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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