Vasectomy Reversal Pre Operative Instructions
- Avoid any medication that thins the blood for 5 days. This includes but is not limited to motrin, aspirin, advil, alleve, and naprosyn.
- Shave the scrotal area the same day, to help minimize the chance of infection.
- Shower with an antibacterial soap, such as Lever 2000 or Dial soap, the night before or morning of the procedure.
Vasectomy Reversal Post Operative Instructions
- Remove all dressings, from inside the athletic supporter in 24 hoursand replace with just 1-2 gauze pads,. Continue use of a scrotal support for 2 weeks. Absorbable sutures are used to close the incision and do not need to be removed.
- Intermittently apply ice packs to the scrotum tonight and tomorrow. After 24 hours you may take a brief shower. (Spray on your back)
- Prescriptions for medications to prevent infection and alleviate pain will be given to you; take as directed. Two days postoperatively, Extra-Strength Tylenol or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be sufficient to relieve discomfort. These are non-prescription medications.
- A normal, well-balanced diet can be resumed when you return home. Make sure to include lots of fluids.
- You can return to normal, non-strenuous activity after 48 hours or when you feel “up to it”. If any activity causes discomfort, do not continue. Activities such as weight lifting and jogging can be gradually resumed after 2 weeks.
- If you can stay away from work for 1 week, try to do so. This is encouraged, but is not mandatory.
- Refrain from sexual intercourse for 14 days. If a spontaneous ejaculation occurs earlier, no action needs to be taken.
- Return to the office for a post-operative check approximately 2 weeks after surgery and again in 6 weeks for your first postoperative semen analysis. You will be told then when subsequent appointments are needed. Please call (973) 218-9400 for an appointment time.
- You may experience some postoperative discomfort. Complications are rare but can occur.
Common discomforts or symptoms may include the following and do not require a doctor’s attention:
- Bruising and slight discoloration of the scrotal skin and base of the penis. This resolves in approximately 1 week.
- Slight swelling of the scrotum. You may feel “notches,” which are temporary swellings at the anastomosis site (where the two ends of the vas deferens are joined).
- A very small amount of thin, clear, pinkish fluid may drain from the incisions for a few days after the procedure. The area should be kept clean and dry.
- A sore throat, headache, nausea, constipation and general “body aches” due to the anesthetic and surgical procedure may be present. These problems should resolve in 1-2 days.
Post Operative Complications That Require Prompt Medical Attention:
- Wound infection: You may develop a fever. The wound could become warm, swollen, red and painful, with pus draining from the incision site.
- Scrotal Hematoma: Extreme discoloration of the scrotum, throbbing pain, and bulging wound.