During a No Scalpel Vasectomy, local anaesthesia is applied to the scrotal skin, which numbs both the skin and vas deferens. A small hole is then made in the front of the scrotum using a pointy haemostat. The use of the pointy haemostat to spread, rather than cut the skin, has been shown to reduce the risk of bleeding.
During a Traditional Method Vasectomy a needle is used to anaesthetise a small area of skin on each side of the scrotum. A scalpel is then used to make a small incision on each side of the scrotum and access each vas deferens. A small segment is removed from each vas deferens and the ends ligated with dissolvable ties. The wounds are then closed with sutures which remain in place for 6 days and require removal.