- Surgical Options: Traditional vs No Scalpel Vasectomy, Brisbane
Surgical Options: Traditional vs No Scalpel Vasectomy, Brisbane
What are the available Vasectomy options?
Put simply, there are two different surgical vasectomy options available to Brisbane men. These are the “traditional” way and an improved method, which is the “no scalpel open-ended” vasectomy. Queensland Vasectomy specialises in the “no scalpel” option. We do so not only because it is more affordable, but also because it is safer, carries a lower risk of any side effects and has a much faster recovery time. According to our resident vasectomist Dr Sheehan, most men tend to be back at work within two days of their procedure.
How does a traditional vasectomy work?
This is one of the older surgical vasectomy options. During a traditional surgery, a small needle is inserted into each side of your scrotum to deliver a local anaesthetic and the doctor then makes a 2-cm incision on each side to expose your vas deferens. Each tube then has two stitches placed around it about 1 cm apart. The middle section is then cut out and removed and two stitches are required to close the scalpel incision.
This traditional method is often done under a general anaesthetic, which carries a small but not insignificant risk.
What is the no scalpel, open ended vasectomy?
With this alternative surgical vasectomy option, instead of having to make two separate incisions a single piercing is used (a bit like an ear piercing) in order to gain access to your vas deferens. Your vas deferens are then interrupted using a very fine cautery wire and a layer of connective tissue is placed between the two ends to divide the vas deferens tubes and form a barrier to prevent them rejoining. A tiny titanium clip then holds everything in place. No stitches are required and the opening heals within a few days without leaving any noticeable scar.
This vastly improved vasectomy method ensures that the risk of complications are greatly reduced and most men tend to be back at work within 2 days of their procedure.
Please note that the “spray anaesthesia” is no longer available. Please feel free to reach out to us to discuss available methods.
We are an NSVA accredited practice for your peace of mind
“No Scalpel Vasectomy Australia” is the peak body who sets standards for this surgical vasectomy option. They also provide a large amount of education, training and the relevant accreditation for vasectomy practitioners and practices all across the country.
Doctors who have gained a fellowship from No Scalpel Vasectomy Australia are full time vasectomists who have dedicated their careers to providing world class services to men in Australia. The participating clinics can be identified by the Logo below.
The organisation takes part in numerous charitable causes that support and promote vasectomies Australia wide. This includes providing vasectomies to some of the most disadvantaged men both in Australia and internationally in order to help those in need of permanent family planning who are unable to afford services.
If you would like to know more about the NSVA or make a donation, more information can be found here.
Both forms of vasectomy can be reversed, however it is an expensive procedure that must be performed by a microsurgeon and there is no guarantee of success. A reversal is more likely to be successful if done within 10 years. Many doctors believe that an “Open-ended” method is easier to reverse because traditional methods remove a small section of the vas deferens. A vasectomy should be considered a permanent method of contraception.
Dr Sheehan performs procedures Monday to Friday as well as the first Saturday of each month. Same-day counselling and procedure.