Steven K. Sterzer, M.D. and his staff offer you the answers and expertise you need to feel at ease. With time-sensitive health problems, we truly want you to feel comfortable and confident. Over the years, we have had positive results through the use of our cutting-edge treatments and personalized follow-up care. In addition, we also practice traditional treatments. We want you to know there are many options and we ant you to feel happy with the method you decide.
For your delicate health problems, we offer conservative or aggressive options. We will thoroughly educate you with the steps and the process, so you can make an intelligent, informed decision concerning these important health matters.
NO NEEDLE VASECTOMY
The last decade has seen advancements in both comfort and safety of the vasectomy procedure. Dr. Charles Wilson of Seattle disseminated the no-needled version of the procedure in 2001 on the Today Show (MSNBCs Special Report (Video): No-needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy). Dr. Ronald Weiss of Ottowa, Canada and Dr. Philip Li, associate professor of Urology at the Weill Cornell Medical School in New York, revised the procedure to its present form. Research reveals that jet injection spray markedly decreases pain, with pain scores of around 1.5 on a 1-10 pain scale. One on the scale is "I can hardly feel anything!” Meanwhile, 10 is "the most severe pain I've ever felt!"
Jet injection anesthesia mists the skin and the vasa (sperm conduction tubes) with a small, yet highly effective, volume of anesthesia. This is in contrast to needle injection, which requires needle insertion into the skin and surrounding vas and soft tissues with a much larger volume of anesthetic.
Anesthesia begins within a few seconds and lasts for several hours after the no-needle, no-scalpel procedure. This eliminates pain during the procedure while improving the overall post-procedure recovery time and decreases complications of scrotal hematoma (internal bleeding) and infection. Both are rare complications with the no-scalpel, no-needle procedures. Following administration of anesthetic, the procedure is done with special instruments through a single midline scrotal puncture technique. 15 to 20 minutes in the office is all the time it takes. Occasionally, men are not candidates due to various anatomic reasons. We offer the no-scalpel, no-needle, and no-anxiety procedure in a warm and caring environment. To arrange a vasectomy consultation, call Dr. Sterzer's office at 530-895-0428.