In a conventional vasectomy, one or two small cuts are made in the skin of the scrotum with a knife
to reach the vas deferens. The vas deferens is cut and a small piece is removed, leaving a short gap
between the two ends. Next, the cut ends of the vas are tied and/or some tissue is placed in between
them. These steps are then repeated on the other vas, either through the same cut or through a new
one. The scrotal cuts may be closed with dissolvable stitches or allowed to close on their own.
The conventional vasectomy is a more invasive procedure associated with higher risk of bleeding,
inflammation, swelling, bruising, discomfort, and longer recovery.