Vasectomy: Crucial steps for a bloodless procedure


Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Li’s video highlights crucial steps to performing a successful no-scalpel vasectomy, says Cigdem Tanrikut, MD.


Section Editor’s note: ‘Y’tube, a new video section of, is a resource for urologists and other clinicians who focus on men’s health. ‘Y’tube covers surgical aspects of a variety of men’s health issues with the ultimate goal of accumulating a library of videos to serve as a reference. In this installment, urologists demonstrate key elements of no-scalpel vasectomy techniques. 

The no-scalpel vasectomy is a minimally invasive technique for accessing the vas deferens. A single median raphe puncture hole is dilated, thereby pushing blood vessels aside instead of cutting across them. The vas is delivered and sealed with a combination of cautery, clips, and fascial interposition, which minimizes failure. The technique is associated with significantly lower rates of hematoma, infection, and pain than conventional vasectomy.

Dr. Tanrikut: Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Li’s video highlights crucial steps to performing a successful no-scalpel vasectomy: mastering the three-finger technique, allowing for mobilization and fixation of the vas in the midline in order to obtain access; freeing the vas deferens from the vasal sheath, permitting one to readily strip the vas of the adjacent deferential vessels; and performing vasal occlusion methods consistent with AUA guidelines. Although not shown here, one may opt to perform a “no-needle, no-scalpel” vasectomy employing a jet injector for administration of local anesthesia which may be better tolerated by many patients than the standard needle and syringe.

Dr. Hotaling: Vasectomy is one of the most commonly performed (and litigated) procedures in urology. It is estimated that roughly 500,000 men undergo vasectomy each year. These videos by Dr. Goldstein/Li and Dr. Williams illustrate the crucial parts of this procedure. As a center that, much like Dr. Williams, performs many microsurgical cord denervations for post-vasectomy pain, we have come to believe that one of the key components necessary to avoid this is strict isolation of only the vasal segment without any surrounding tissue.

Particular attention is given to the isolation of the vas through the scrotal wall through a C-grip in order to stabilize it. Dr. Goldstein, a pioneer of no-scalpel vasectomy, illustrates how this procedure can be easily performed in a bloodless fashion. His use of the supersharp dissector to isolate the vas and bring it out of the puncture site can save significant procedural time. Further, the principle of holding the vasal segment once the clips are placed to ensure hemostasis has been obtained prevents nearly all post-operative hematomas.

Section Editor James M. Hotaling, MD, MS
Dr. Hotaling is assistant professor of surgery (urology) at the

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