Benefits of No-Scalpel,   No-Needle Vasectomy Under Local Anesthesia.

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD

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VasectomyWhat is Local Anesthesia?

Local anesthesia involves administration of numbing pain medication around the area where the procedure is performed, in the case of vasectomy directly in the scrotum.  With local anesthesia, the patient is fully awake but does not feel any pain.

We use “no-needle technique” for local anesthesia thus minimizing discomfort and pain.

General anesthesia refers to intravenous administration of anesthetic with the patient going to sleep (and not remembering anything after the procedure).

Safety and Efficacy of No-Scalpel Vasectomy

Studies have demonstrated that vasectomy can be safely performed under local anesthesia especially if no scalpel and no needle technique is utilized.  Men typically experience minimal to no pain during the procedure.

Rare to No Side Effects with Local Anesthesia

With local anesthesia, there are no risks of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and headache that can occur after general anesthesia.   A significant number of people who undergo general anesthesia experience transient side effects.

Recovery is Fast

Recovery after local anesthesia is literally instantaneous.  While we usually require that men wait 15-30 minutes after vasectomy before they go home, side effects are extremely rare.  Most men try to leave our office before the wait time is over.  Most men are able to go on with their day after vasectomy: going out, going home and watching TV the same night.

Return to Normal Activities is Fast

Because no systemic medications are administered when local anesthesia is administered, most men are able to go back to work or normal activities the next day, as long as they are comfortable.

No Need for a Companion

Whenever general anesthesia or sedation is administered, men are required to have a companion to take him home.  With local anesthesia, there is no need to have someone to accompany you home since your brain is not affected by local anesthesia.

Do you Perform Vasectomy Under General Anesthesia?

For men who desire vasectomy under general anesthesia, we do offer vasectomy under general anesthesia or sedation as an option.  Men who are very anxious may be well served by vasectomy under general anesthesia.  Typically, a few men a year choose to have vasectomy under general rather than local anesthesia.

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If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call (646) 663-5922

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist in NYC. He specializes in sexual and reproductive issues that affect men.   He is an experienced surgeon who performs no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy under local anesthesia avoiding the risks of general anesthesia. 

We see patients from all parts of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey as well as other parts of the USA. We also see international patients from Canada, Japan, South America, Russia, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the world.