Does vasectomy cause scars? If this question sounds familiar to you, then this article is for you. We’ll not only explain what causes vasectomy scars and how they heal, but also show you various pictures to give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to go under the knife.
Does a Vasectomy Leave a Scar?
If you intend to have a vasectomy, then you may be wondering, “Does a vasectomy leave a scar?” There is also a segment of men who want to have a vasectomy behind their wife’s back and are worried that a scar could give them away.
Well, the simple answer to this question is, yes, vasectomy leaves a scar but how big and noticeable the scar is will depend on the technique used.
Spouses often resort to vasectomy as a way to limit the size of their family. This is a surgical operation done for male sterilization and birth control. During this minor surgery procedure, the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperms from a man’s testicles) are severe and then tied or sealed.
As a result, sperms are not able to reach the seminal fluid (semen) and can therefore not be ejaculated alongside it during sex. The procedure is 99% effective and makes a man unable to get a woman pregnant ever again and is considered the safest form of surgical sterilization.
As with any surgery, it is realistic to expect to get a scar after the procedure, but unlike scars from major surgical procedures such as c-section and tummy tuck, vasectomy scars are usually very small.
The actual size of the scar will however vary depending on the type of vasectomy used out of the traditional incision technique and the no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) technique, both of which are done under local anesthesia – even though the doctor or surgeon may decide to use general anesthesia for certain reasons like the patient’s physiology.
During the traditional incision technique, one or two small surgical incisions are made in the upper part of your scrotum and the vas deferens cut through them before tying, stitching or sealing their ends.
Once done, the wound on the scrotum is then closed using dissolving stitches. The use of incision inevitable leads to formation of scars, but the scar is still rather minimal due to the small size of the incision normally required.
The No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) technique on the other hand eliminates the need for a surgical incision. This involves making a tiny hole in the skin of the scrotum by poking it with a small clamp with sharp ends.
The vas deferens is then pulled out through the hole and then cut and tied off. Also referred to as “keyhole” method – to suggest the small size of the hole left behind – the technique is as effective as the traditional incision technique, but requires no stitches, involves less bleeding, and above all, leaves a very small and hardly noticeable scar.
Although vasectomy scars are usually not as that visible and will not make your scrotum look any different, factors such as poor healing of the wound due to infection or genetics can make the wound heal badly leading to poor scarring.
It is thus advisable to observe post-op guidelines carefully to ensure no bacterial infection. At the very least, you will want to ensure your genital area is clean and dry at all time.
Also worth noting is that vasectomy scar is attributed to long-term testicular pain in 1 out of 10 men who have undergone vasectomy. This normally caused by having a pinched nerve. The pain can be felt in one or both the testicles either immediately after the surgery or a few months (or even years) down the line.
It can also be occasional or pretty frequent and may vary from short stints of sharp pain to ongoing dull pain.
Unbearable pain may necessitate a second surgery to repair the damage and reduce the pain.
Vasectomy Scar Pictures – Images and Photos
We wouldn’t have done such a visual topic as vasectomy scarring any justice without having included one or more pictures. As someone once said, a picture is worth a thousand words and we cannot agree more. In that spirit, here are various vasectomy scar pictures to give you a clue on what the scar might look like if you decide to have a vasectomy performed:
Vasectomy 1, 2
Vasectomy Scar Tissue – Causes
As we have already mentioned, the scar tissue left behind after having a vasectomy is usually minimal owing to the small incision involved in the traditional incision method and the even smaller hole involved in the No-scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) method.
Although small you cannot rule out scarring since both techniques involves puncturing the skin. This makes the body to increase the production of collagen in the incision site as a way to strengthen it as it heals from beneath. The supply of blood to the site may also increase, resulting in a bruised, reddened appearance during the first few days.
As the wound continues to heal, the supply of collagen and blood will recede and the scar left behind will progressively become less reddened, flatter, and softer. It is very unlikely that the scar will still be as visible after one year as this is the average time that most scars takes to mature. Once mature, scars become pale enough as to blend in with the surrounding areas of skin.
It is important to mention at this point however that as small as the scars resulting from vasectomy operation are, it is unlikely that they will fade away completely as all scars are permanent. They will without a doubt however improve gradually given time.