The No-Scalpel vasectomy technique has been practiced for more than 40 years. We use this technique to perform vasectomies in Colorado Springs exclusively at Pikes Peak Urology. This technique yields an excellent result with minimal pain and discomfort, both during and after the procedure. Patients may resume normal activity 5-7 days after the procedure versus 3-4 weeks with an open or scalpel-type vasectomy. This procedure typically takes between 20-30 minutes to perform and is usually done in the office. We are proud of our extremely high success and very low complication rates.
We routinely perform between 300-400 No-Scalpel vasectomies annually at Pikes Peak Urology and have a combined experience of more than 20,000 procedures in our office. Our providers offer pre-procedure anti-pain and anti-anxiety medicine to make the procedure as pain and worry-free as possible.
We have an infection rate of less than 1 in 1,000 and an incidence of bleeding or swelling of the scrotum after the procedure of less than 1 in 500. Our failure rate is significantly less than 1 in 10,000.
The No-Scalpel vasectomy is an excellent option for gentleman and families desiring to prevent further fertility in a quick, easy and relatively painless fashion. We have extensive experience and a very high patient satisfaction rate with this technique. Please feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation for further information regarding this procedure.
This procedure is commonly covered by all insurance plans but we also offer competitive pricing for those patients without insurance. For more information about our vasectomy procedures, contact us today at (719) 531-7007.
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What do I need to know about vasectomy? Is there an initial consultation? What is the procedure? What is the recovery time? What is the success rate? Gary W. Bong, MD, board-certified urologist at Pikes Peak Urology, answers these common questions people have about vasectomy:
Common Questions About Vasectomy
What Is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy, also known as male sterilization, is a surgical procedure designed to protect against pregnancy permanently. The procedure is a simple surgery that is performed by a doctor in an office, hospital, or clinic. During the procedure, the tubes in your scrotum that carry sperm are cut or permanently blocked off so that sperm is no longer able to leave your body and cause pregnancy. The procedure is extremely quick, and most patients return home the same day. A vasectomy is also highly effective in preventing pregnancy – nearly 100 percent effective.
Do Vasectomies Cause Impotence?
One of the most common concerns of men considering a vasectomy is impotence, or erectile dysfunction, which is the inability to sustain an erection or ejaculate. While there is a minimal risk for infection or other complications following the procedure, the risk for impotency is extremely rare. In fact, some men even report better sex lives after the procedure.
Does the Surgery Hurt?
We can’t really say that a vasectomy doesn’t hurt because it is, after all, a surgical procedure. However, it really only takes a few minutes, a couple of pinches, and a day or two of feeling a little swollen and sore. If you’re holding off on having the procedure done, then don’t put it off any longer. In all reality, common, nearly every day occurrences, like a bee sting or stubbing your toe actually hurt worse.
At What Age Do Men Typically Get a Vasectomy?
While the age of getting a vasectomy varies slightly, the median age in the United States is 38 years old. According to research, roughly 29 percent of men have the procedure under the age of 35 while 61 percent are under the age of 40.
What Should You Consider Before Having a Vasectomy?
The decision to have a vasectomy is one that you should make carefully. Having as much information as you can will help you thoughtfully determine if now is the right time for you. Keep in mind:
- A vasectomy is not major surgery, but it is a little more complex than say, getting a cavity filled.
- This procedure is safer, simpler, and less expensive than the female alternative.
- You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for roughly a week, but within a day or 2, you should be back to normal.
- A vasectomy does not affect your ability to climax. It is just that you will not pass any sperm through the vas deferens to be blended with the seminal fluid.
- If you are certain you are done having kids, this is the most effective form of birth control.
How Long Is the Recovery?
Much like the procedure takes very little time, recovery is also very short. In most cases, you’ll need a day or two to feel back to normal. You will want to avoid strenuous exercise and any sexual activity for a week following the procedure, though.
Are Vasectomies Reversible?
While a vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control, vasectomy reversal is possible. This procedure reconnects the tubes that were cut during a vasectomy. This procedure is usually completed outpatient under spinal or general anesthesia so that you remain completely still during surgery. The success of this procedure varies depending on how much time has passed between the original vasectomy and the reversal.
How ‘Fool Proof’ Are Vasectomies?
A vasectomy functions to cut the vas deferens to stop sperm from mixing into semen and reaching a woman’s body during intercourse. The procedure is considered a permanent birth control option; however, no surgery is 100 percent foolproof. In very small number of cases, 1 in 4000, the procedure fails, and a pregnancy results.
Is the Procedure Covered by Insurance?
The cost of a vasectomy is typically covered by most health insurance policies. Even so, though, a vasectomy is a one-time cost that is typically one-third the cost of a tubal ligation or other forms of birth control.
What Are the Risk Factors Associated with the Surgery?
One of the most common concerns associated with the procedure is that you’ll later change your mind about your desire to father a child. While it might be possible to reverse your vasectomy, there is no guarantee. At any rate, a vasectomy does not cause any noticeable side effects, and complications are rare. The most common side effects, if any, include:
- A blood clot or bleeding in your scrotum
- Blood in your semen
- Bruising of your scrotum
- Infection at the site of surgery
- Mild discomfort or pain
- Minimal swelling
What Is ‘No Scalpel’ Vasectomy?
There are two types of vasectomies: the incision method and the no scalpel method. The no scalpel or no cut method reduces your risk of infection and other complications and takes less time to heal. With the no scalpel method, a small clamp with pointed ends is poked through the skin of the scrotum and opened. This procedure causes less bleeding, a smaller entrance hole in the skin, and fewer complications.
If you are sure that you do not want to father any more children, a vasectomy is a quick, safe, and effective birth control method. Be sure to consider all the facts and discuss all of your options with your doctor prior to moving forward with the procedure.