In news that will shock absolutely no one: the idea of something big and pointy slicing into your private bits is not pretty. It’s enough to put you off your spaghetti meatballs, let alone getting a vasectomy!
That’s why the Dr Snip team exclusively performs microKeyhole no-scalpel vasectomies across all of our locations Australia-wide. In fact, Dr Nick Demediuk pioneered the technique in Australia and now has a cool 40,000+ no-scalpel vasectomies under his belt (or under 40,000+ different belts, actually). Nick has been joined by his daughter, Dr Sarah Demediuk and his niece, Dr Lucy Demediuk significantly adding to the “tally”.
Over his 40 years performing vasectomies, Nick, Sarah and Lucy and their team have become Australia’s go-to doctors for this procedure – but many men (and women) come to the Dr Snip rooms without really understanding the no-scalpel technique or its many benefits.
So, what is a no-scalpel vasectomy?
The best way to describe a no-scalpel vasectomy is to highlight what it is not.
For a traditional vasectomy, patients typically go under general anaesthetic. Doctors use a sharp scalpel to slice into the skin of the scrotum on both sides, where they locate the vasa deferentia (the name for the two tubes that carry semen from each teste to the penis). This approach cuts through the skin and spermatic cord blood vessels, which increases the risk of post-procedure complications such as bleeding, haematoma (blood clot) formation and infection. In addition, if performed without mucosal cautery and fascial interposition, a higher failure rate.
A no-scalpel vasectomy, on the other hand, is a speedy and simple procedure that doesn’t require a general anaesthetic. In fact, many of our patients are surprised by just how quickly it’s over!
Studies have confirmed this type of vasectomy under local anaesthetic as generally superior to traditional methods – cementing no-scalpel as a no-brainer!
How does a no-scalpel vasectomy work?
Instead of slicing into the scrotal skin on both sides, the Dr Snip team uses their innovative single microKeyhole™ technique to access the vasa. This hole is so small that it doesn’t require stitches and heals on its own.
First of all, your doctor will administer local anaesthetic to the area to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. They will then make a tiny incision in each vas (tube) and seal off the end that leads to the prostate. This step is called mucosal cautery and is done to help ensure that the two ends of the vas can’t reconnect and again carry sperm to the penis.
The Dr Snip team all perform open-ended vasectomies, which means we leave the end of the vas coming from the testes open and unsealed. We do this as we aim to stop back pressure on the testes and minimise damage to the area encouraging better recovery outcomes.
How long does it take?
Best of all, our no-scalpel technique usually takes just six to fifteen minutes – for a lifetime’s peace of mind!
What are the benefits of no-scalpel vasectomies?
In the short term, no-scalpel means no big holes, no stitches and minimal trauma to the surrounding tissue. Hooray! Because the no-scalpel technique is so much less invasive than other types of vasectomy, it means recovery is generally quick and straightforward, too.
In the longer term, patients who opt for no-scalpel vasectomies also report fewer complications and enjoy a high success rate.
For many Australian men, vasectomies are a touchy subject. It’s very common for patients to feel apprehensive – after all, getting the snip is a significant medical decision. Our no-scalpel method is designed for minimal discomfort and downtime, for maximum peace of mind.
Ready for your no-scalpel vasectomy?
If you’re ready to take the next step and visit Dr Snip, book your appointment by calling us on 1300 377 647 (1300 DR SNIP) or by submitting an online callback request.
The Dr Snip team invites you to bundle your pre-vasectomy consultation and actual vasectomy into one appointment for your convenience; however, if you’d like to attend for the consultation and discuss the procedure in more detail before you commit to the snip, we’re happy to accommodate that too!
Get the ball(s) rolling today.