No Scalpel Vasectomy is a refined technique for vasectomy developed in China in 1974. It was first observed by the AVSC (Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception) in 1985. They brought the technique to the U.S. and began training physicians in the late 1980’s.
The No Scalpel technique has the following advantages:
• No incision
• No stitches
• Less discomfort
• Fewer complications
• Quicker recovery
• Less expensive
The main difference from traditional vasectomy is the way the vasa (tubes) are localized and brought outside the scrotum. A small puncture (rather than two incisions) is made in the midline of the scrotum. Each vas is then brought outside the scrotum, where it is divided and sealed. Also, a different technique for numbing the vasa creates less discomfort, less bleeding, and fewer complications.