No-scalpel vasectomy is a cut above the rest, said JRMC Urologist Dr. Robert Bates.

That’s because, in addition to being safer and more efficient, no-scalpel vasectomies are also less expensive.

Traditional vasectomies and tubal ligations (having a woman’s tubes tied) are more invasive and occur in an operating room. In addition to longer recovery time, they can also cost more than $6,000. Doctors can perform a no-scalpel vasectomy in a clinic setting for about $1,100.

“Guys – they have the pleasure and she has the pain,” Dr. Bates said. “Permanent birth control is easier, cheaper and safer for men than it is for women.”

Along with his doctor of medicine from the University of Chicago and residency at the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Bates has master’s degrees in philosophy and biology from Yale and masters of medical management from Carnegie Mellon University. During his decades of experience, Dr. Bates has completed more than 2,000 vasectomies.


A vasectomy is a permanent method of birth control, which means only a one-time expense. Other contraception methods may have a cheaper cost; however, the bill adds up over time. Also, for couples who no longer want to have children, a vasectomy is the most cost-effective option.

While cost is one factor, other reasons why no-scalpel vasectomies are the preferred choice include:

  • Saves time. The average no-scalpel vasectomy takes half of the time of traditional vasectomy and outpatient procedures.
  • Fast recovery. Most men who have no-scalpel vasectomies return to work within 48 – 72 hours. Women who have tubal ligations return to work within one to two weeks. Tubal ligations have a longer procedure and recovery period, as well as higher cost. They are also more invasive than vasectomies.

No-scalpel vasectomies are the preferred method of people who are interested in permanent forms of birth control. Dr. Bates said no-scalpel vasectomies are faster, safer and cheaper.

As part of the madness of March, men are encouraged to schedule their no-scalpel vasectomies. Then they can recover with guilt-free NCAA college basketball watching couch time.

“It is a good time for a no-scalpel vasectomy,” Dr. Bates said.

The ball is in your court. Call and schedule your vasectomy directly with Dr. Bates. Don’t bench the idea, make the call (701) 952-4878.

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