What is Open-Ended Vasectomy?
Open-ended vasectomy is just as effective as closed-ended vasectomy, which is the traditional method of vasectomy. In closed-ended vasectomy, both ends of the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm) are closed. In open-ended vasectomy, the doctor only closes one end. This means that sperm can still come out of the testes, but it can't mix with semen and won't make a woman pregnant.
With either procedure, sperm is still produced but does not mix with semen. Testosterone levels remain normal, and men still experience normal erections and orgasms with an unaffected sex drive.
It's important to note that both closed-ended and open-ended vasectomy are considered safe and effective methods of permanent birth control, and the choice between the two should be based on an individual's medical history and personal preferences.
Open-ended vasectomy has been found to be safe and effective, with a high success rate for preventing pregnancy.
We prefer open-ended vasectomy because it has more benefits than closed-ended.
5 Benefits of Open-Ended Vasectomy
There are several benefits to choosing open-ended vasectomy vs closed-ended vasectomy, which means there are also less side effects.
1. Reduced risk of post-vasectomy pain syndrome (PVPS)
PVPS is a condition that can cause discomfort and pain in the testicles, and it affects up to 15% of men who undergo traditional (closed-ended) vasectomy. By leaving the end of the vas deferens open, sperm can continue to flow out of the testes, which may help to reduce pressure buildup in the tubes and thus decrease the risk of PVPS.
A study published in the Journal of Urology in 2016 found that open-ended vasectomy was associated with a lower risk of PVPS compared to traditional vasectomy, with a rate of 3.8% for open-ended vasectomy compared to 12.4% for traditional vasectomy.
2. Easier reversibility
If a man changes his mind and decides he wants to father a child after having an open-ended vasectomy, a simple procedure can be done to reconnect the vas deferens and restore fertility. With traditional vasectomy, reversal can be more difficult and may not always be successful.
Vasectomy reversal is a procedure only performed by some doctors and is not something that we offer at our clinic. It is not guaranteed to be successful. However, if the option of reversal is important to you, choose open-ended vasectomy to increase your chance of reversal success.
3. Less invasive
Open-ended vasectomy is considered less invasive compared to closed-ended vasectomy because it involves a simpler procedure. During a closed-ended vasectomy, the vas deferens is cut and tied, which requires a larger incision in the scrotum. The doctor then has to locate and cut both ends of the vas deferens, which can be a more intricate and time-consuming process.
In contrast, open-ended vasectomy only involves cutting one end of the vas deferens, leaving the other end open. This means that the procedure can be performed with a smaller incision and less tissue disruption. Using the no-scalpel method, we don't even make an incision, which makes it even less invasive. We use small dissecting forceps to create a tiny opening that closes on its own within a day or two.
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Because the procedure is less invasive, it may require less recovery time and cause less discomfort and pain. In addition, the risk of complications during the procedure may be lower.
4. Easier recovery
Since open-ended vasectomy is less invasive, the chance for an easier recovery is increased. This is a major reason why many men choose open-ended vasectomy. Getting back to normal sooner than later is often a high priority!
5. Faster procedure time
No-scalpel, no-needle, open-ended vasectomy at our clinic typically takes 15 minutes. The entire appointment from start to finish is less than an hour. Compare this to closed-ended vasectomy that takes 30 minutes or more, which extends the total appointment time.
Where to Get an Open-Ended Vasectomy
At Tri-Valley Vasectomy, we offer open-ended vasectomy as an option for men who are considering permanent birth control. Our private clinic is located in Livermore. If you're located in the San Francisco Bay Area or Tri-Valley area (this includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties), schedule a free consultation to see if this procedure is right for you.
Our doctors have years of experience in performing this type of vasectomy and we use the latest techniques and technologies to ensure a safe and effective procedure. We understand that every man's situation is unique, and we take the time to listen to our patients and provide personalized care that meets their individual needs.
If you are considering permanent birth control, we invite you to contact Tri-Valley Vasectomy to learn more about this option and to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors.