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Different Types of Vasectomy

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Conventional vasectomy with two incisions

There are three main different types of vasectomy:

  • conventional vasectomy
  • no-scalpel vasectomy
  • minimally invasive vasectomy

Although all three types of vasectomy procedures cause permanent blockage of the vas deferentia there are minor variations in the techniques used to perform each type of vasectomy.

Some vasectomy procedures have been associated with higher rates of complication.

Conventional vasectomy

Conventional vasectomy is performed using a scalpel to make incisions in the scrotum. One incision in the middle of the scrotum or two incisions (one on each side) can be used. The incisions are usually 1.5-3.0 cm long and no specially designed vasectomy instruments are used.

Since the incisions are larger they often have to be closed with sutures. Complication rates are higher with conventional vasectomy procedures.

No-scalpel vasectomy

No-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is a minimally invasive vasectomy that uses specially designed instruments to make smaller sized openings in the scrotal skin.

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Minimally invasive vasectomy with one incision

The NSV incision is usually less than 10mm and no skin sutures are required to close these smaller incisions. Two special instruments (vas ring clamp and vas dissector) are essential to NSV.

Technically, No-scalpel vasectomy only refers to how an opening is made in the scrotal skin.

A doctor can make 1 or 2 skin openings and can perform any of a variety of procedures to close or remove segments of the vas deferens and it be considered a No-scalpel vasectomy.

Minimally invasive vasectomy

Minimally invasive vasectomy uses the same instruments as No-scalpel vasectomy.

A minimally invasive vasectomy procedure is least invasive procedure: no scalpel, one skin opening, and no segments of the vas deferens are removed.

Which vasectomy technique is better?

Conventional vasectomy has shown to have higher complications than either no-scalpel or minimally invasive vasectomy.

For more information on conventional vs no-scalpel vasectomy risk.

Conventional vasectomy: Your grandfather’s vasectomy

Often men will recount vasectomy horror stories which were kindly shared with them by their fathers and grandfathers when they had their vasectomy procedures. Although any vasectomy can have a complication, many of these horror stories were the result of complications from conventional vasectomy.

No-scalpel vasectomy was developed in China in the 1970’s and was brought to the United States in the 1980’s. Initially slow to be accepted, no-scalpel vasectomy has become increasingly popular because of the lower risk of vasectomy related complications. Despite this there are some providers who continue to provide conventional vasectomy.


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