Dr. Reed, What is a non-scalpel vasectomy. Is it more expensive or better than a simple vasectomy?
A “non-scalpel” vasectomy has been in public awareness for about 20 years, and we can do that if you wish. In my opinion this is more of a promotional; gimmick, as the procedure is virutally identical. In the non-scalpel approach the vas is retained by the thumb and index finger of the surgeon against the scrotal skin. A wheal of local anesthesia is injected into the skin. This reduces the tensile strength of the tissue and makes it possible for a sharply pointed scissors using a spreading (not cutting) technique to open the skin exposing the vas. The rest is virually the same.
In the traditional approach, a scalpel is used to make a knicking incision. We’ll do it either way. Fee is the same, $500
Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Ambulatory Urological Surgery – Miami
Non-scalel vasectomy instruments, pointed scissors (used for spreading not cutting) and vas retention forceps or ring forceps