What is a no-scalpel vasectomy?

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A no-scalpel vasectomy is an in-office procedure that takes about 30 minutes, says Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that many men don't even require pain medication afterwards. 
In one version of a no-scalpel vasectomy, an instrument called a MadaJet delivers a stream of anesthetic so fine that it penetrates the skin and numbs a dime-sized patch of scrotal skin.

Then the doctor feels for the vas under the skin of the scrotum and holds it in place with a small clamp. A special instrument is used to make a tiny puncture in the skin and stretch the opening so the vas can be cut and tied. This approach produces very little bleeding, and no stitches are needed to close the punctures, which heal quickly by themselves. The newer method also produces less pain and fewer complications than conventional vasectomy.

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