Vasectomy is the most popular form of permanent birth control for men, and about 500,000 men in the US choose vasectomy every year. At Emory we routinely perform the no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), which is an innovative technique by which we can perform the entire procedure through a tiny puncture site in the scrotal skin. With the NSV, a tiny puncture hole is used and blood vessels are spread apart instead of cut (as is commonly done during a traditional vasectomy) obviating the need for a scalpel during this procedure. The no-scalpel vasectomy has been shown to have lower rates of bleeding (hematoma), lower rates of infection, and lower level of pain during the procedure when compared to a traditional vasectomy.

Vasectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure and it usually takes about half an hour. While the procedure can be performed under local anesthetic, many patients prefer some form of sedation to ensure relaxation, comfort and ease of mind. For this purpose the procedure is performed in an ambulatory surgery center. Please do not hesitate to discuss this with your Emory urologist to ensure that all your needs are met. Vasectomy is nearly 100 percent effective. It is a safe and simple operation that makes men sterile by keeping sperm out of the semen. It is intended to be permanent, and it doesn't limit sexual pleasure. After a vasectomy sexual intercourse will be exactly the same with the only difference being that if one were to microscopically examine a man’s ejaculate, one would not see sperm cells. In all other aspects, a man’s ejaculate will remain the same.

In addition to the NSV, we also offer a no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy (NNNSV). The NNNSV uses a high pressure jet injector to anesthetize the area without the use of a needle. This allows the surgeon to do the procedure without the need for a conventional vasal block with local anesthetic, which often is the most anxiety provoking portion of the procedure.