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This study was undertaken in 2009 to examine the difference between the older vasectomy method, and the newer “no-scalpel” vasectomy technique. The study confirmed that the newer technique is quicker, results in fewer complications, and allows men a more rapid resumption of sexual activity. A Cochrane Review published in The Cochrane Library 2009, Issue 3 Background Currently, the two most common surgical techniques for approaching the vas during vasectomy are the incisional method and the no-scalpel technique. Whereas the conventional incisional technique involves the use of a scalpel to make one or two incisions, the no-scalpel technique uses a sharp-pointed, forceps-like instrument to puncture the skin. The no-scalpel technique aims to reduce adverse events, especially bleeding, bruising, hematoma, infection and pain and to shorten the operating time. Objectives The objective of this review was to compare the effectiveness, safety, and acceptability of the incisional versus no-scalpel approach to the vas. Search strategy We searched the computerized databases of CENTRAL,MEDLINE, EMBASE, POPLINE and LILACS.We looked for recent clinical trials in ClinicalTrials.gov and the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform. In addition, we searched the reference lists of relevant articles and book chapters. Selection criteria Randomized controlled trials and controlled clinical trials were included in this review. No language restrictions […]
No-Scalpel Vasectomy is now the most up-to-date, gold standard technique used worldwide for vasectomy. This is the method used for World Vasectomy Day, which occurs annually as a global initiative to increase awareness and participation in vasectomy, particularly in overpopulated developing countries. This brief animation provides information about World Vasectomy Day, and also addresses some common myths and misconceptions about vasectomy.
There are many common myths and misconceptions within society when it comes to vasectomy. Most people are unaware of the modern “No-Scalpel” technique, and just how much this has revolutionised the procedure. Also, men love to frighten each other and exaggerate how brutal an ordeal it is to undergo the dreaded “snip”, which unfortunately dissuades many men from even considering it. Every man has heard a story from a friend about the cousin of a mate who had a vasectomy and “they swelled up like a pair of grapefruits”, or “he walked like a cowboy for a month”. This was admittedly more common with the older method, but is all but unheard of now with the technique we use. If the truth got out that it is a simple, walk-in/walk-out 15 minute procedure with minimal discomfort, men wouldn’t be nearly as nervous about vasectomy. The most common myths about vasectomy that I hear are: General anaesthetic is required False. Gone are the days of needing a hospital admission and general anaesthetic for vasectomy. Some men still choose to do this (maybe because they are unaware of how simple the procedure is now), and do not realise how much extra they […]