What are the risks of no-scalpel vasectomy?

In no-scalpel vasectomy, a special instrument is used to make a tiny puncture in the skin and stretch the opening so the vas deferens (the tubes that that carry sperm cells from the testicles) can be cut and tied. Any medical procedure, no matter how minor, carries some degree of risk. No-scalpel vasectomy is no different, though the risks are quite low and are lower than conventional vasectomy. Here are the complications that are possible (though very unlikely) to occur:
  • Bleeding or bruising (typically minor)
  • Infection
  • Vasectomy failure (very rare, but it is possible for sperm to cross the void between the two blocked ends of the vas deferens)
  • Sperm granuloma (a hard, pea-sized lump that results from sperm leaking from the cut end of the vas deferens -- these are not harmful and typically disappear with time)
  • Congestion (a sense of fullness or pressure in the scrotum, which typically resolves itself with time)

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