What is a Vasectomy?:

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The No-Scalpel Vasectomy is a simple, safe and quick surgical procedure for permanent male fertility control.

Both testosterone and sperm are produced from the testicle. Testosterone is an important male hormone, which is necessary for normal male sexual function. This hormone enters the bloodstream viaveins that surround the testicle. Sperm are transported though the vas deferens via the groin to the prostate gland and seminal vesicles where fluids are added that result in the production of semen. From there, the sperm flow out of the penis during ejaculation. A vasectomy is a procedure in which both vas deferens are cut to prevent the flow of sperm out the penis. This procedure does not affect the flow of testosterone, and therefore does not affect a man’s sexual function.

Vasectomy is an extremely popular and effective form of birth control. Sterilization is, in fact, the most widely used contraceptive method worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. It is estimated that over 500,000 vasectomies are performed in the United States alone. While female sterilization has been far more common in the past, male sterilization has gained popularity because it is safer, simpler, less than half the cost, and probably more effective.
What is the No-Scalpel Vasectomy?:
The No-Scalpel Vasectomy was developed in China by Dr. Li Shunqiang in the early eighties. This new technique is less invasive and has proven to result in less bleeding, hematoma and pain after the procedure. This method also allows vasectomized men to resume sexual activity more quickly than with the traditional incision method.

In contrast to the traditional method, the No-Scalpel Vasectomy is performed through a single puncture and requires no sutures for closure of the wound. Because of the lack of trauma to the area, it is less painful and is associated with far fewer post-operative complications. The procedure is also much faster (about 20-30 minutes). Patients usually only use acetaminophen to control pain after the procedure, and some do not require any medicine at all.

Dr. Gollub was one of the first New Mexico physicians to be trained in the No-Scalpel method in 1990. He has trained other physicians in this method.  We offer this service to patients from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Northern New Mexico.

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