No-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy

Dr. Joseph Marquez discusses this simple way to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

September 23, 2020


A vasectomy is a form of male birth control. It's a simple surgery that keeps sperm from leaving the body and causing pregnancy.

One of the advantages of no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy is that it helps men overcome concern or fear of having pain or discomfort often associated with vasectomy. Most men who have had a no-scalpel vasectomy report less discomfort during and after the procedure.

What is a no-scalpel vasectomy?

Anesthetic is medicine used to numb an area during surgery. “No-needle” refers to a special spray gun that can inject anesthetic in a spray form through the skin and around the vas deferens, a muscular tube that transports sperm to the urethra.

The no-needle anesthetic is more complete so there is:

  • Less trauma
  • Faster recovery
  • More comfort during the procedure


Benefits of this procedure


Listen to Dr. Marquez explain why you should consider a no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy procedure.

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No Scalpel No Needle Vasectomy Video


Dr. Marquez: One of the great advantages of a no scalpel vasectomy is I think it helps men overcome their concern or fear that the procedure could be painful for uncomfortable at the time. Most men are perfectly comfortable during the procedure and generally afterwards are surprised by how comfortable they are during the procedure. 

What the no needle refers to is a special spray gun that can inject the anesthetic through a spray through the skin and around the vas. During the procedure, the no needle anesthetic is the more thorough or more complete anesthetic so that as we’re doing the procedure there’s far more comfort for the man. The approach taken results, again, in less trauma, and therefore faster recovery and more comfort during the procedure. 

I’ve been doing no scalpel vasectomies since about 2004. It’s important with the no scalpel technique that the urologist performing it is experienced. I think that some folks think that there’s a way to do a vasectomy thoroughly noninvasively. Some men think that there’s a way to do it with a laser, for example. The no needle no scalpel vasectomy is the least invasive way to do a vasectomy. 



What does least invasive vasectomy mean?

This type of vasectomy involves making a tiny hole in the skin instead of cutting into it.

“I think some folks think that there is a way to do a vasectomy thoroughly noninvasively,” says Dr. Joseph Marquez, a urologist at The Polyclinic. “The no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy is the least invasive way to do a vasectomy.”

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Urologists are doctors who specialize in care for the male and female urinary system and the male reproductive system.

If you're thinking about a no-scalpel vasectomy, make sure your urologist is experienced in the procedure. Dr. Joseph Marquez has been doing no-scalpel vasectomies since 2004. To schedule an appointment with him, please call 1-206-860-5474.

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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.