How is the patient positioned for a no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV)?

Updated: Jan 19, 2016
  • Author: M David Stockton, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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See the list below:

  • The patient is positioned on an examination table in a position comfortable enough that he can tolerate a procedure that lasts approximately 30 minutes.

  • An overhead surgical light is helpful, though some surgeons prefer to use a smaller portable headlight.

  • Loop the large rubber band over the glans of the penis and retract the penis upward, away from the operative field.

  • Secure the rubber band with a towel clip to the patient's shirt or gown.

    Rubber band technique. Rubber band technique.

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