No-scalpel vasectomy at the King's birthday vasectomy festival

Nirapathpongporn, A.; Huber, D.H.; Krieger, J.N.

Lancet 335(8694): 894-895


ISSN/ISBN: 0140-6736
PMID: 1969992
DOI: 10.1016/0140-6736(90)90487-p
Document Number: 366750
No-scalpel vasectomy was developed to increase acceptability of vasectomy by elimination of the fear of the incision. Although this method has been used for over 8,000,000 men, the technique is largely unknown in developed countries. During the King's birthday vasectomy festival no-scalpel vasectomy was compared with standard incisional vasectomy in 1203 patients. An average of 57 procedures per day could be done by each physician with the no-scalpel method, compared to 33 procedures with the standard method (p 0.001) The complication rate was 0.4/100 procedures for no-scalpel vasectomy compared with 3.1/100 for standard vasectomy (p 0.001). No scalpel vasectomy is a rapid and economic alternative to standard vasectomy, with fewer complications and increased patient acceptability. (Author's).

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