vasectomy reversal usually takes a few hours to perform and it can be done on an outpatient
basis. This means that you should not expect to stay overnight in a hospital.
Before having a vasectomy reversal, you should be fully informed of what
will happen, what the potential risks are, and how you will need to care
for yourself after the procedure.
Leaving the Clinic
Although a vasectomy only takes two to three hours to perform, you’ll
need to remain at the clinic longer than this. The procedure will be performed
under general anesthesia. For your own safety, the doctor will only release
you from the clinic when you are fully alert. You must have a responsible
adult with you when you leave the clinic and you should plan to rest at
home for the remainder of the day. If you’re traveling from out
of town for a vasectomy reversal, it’s best to book a hotel room
so that you can spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Managing Your Medications
Once the local anesthetic wears off, you may feel some discomfort in the
scrotal area. The doctor will provide you with prescriptions for pain
relievers, in addition to an antibiotic to prevent infections. Follow
your dosage instructions carefully and ask the pharmacist if any of these
instructions are unclear. You may take these medications with food if
they upset your stomach.
Applying Cold Packs
Do not apply cold packs directly to your skin, but do wrap one in a clean
towel to apply to your scrotal area. Cold therapy will improve your comfort
level and reduce localized swelling after your procedure.
Your surgeon may provide you with different instructions; however, patients
are generally advised to refrain from sexual activity and strenuous physical
three weeks after your procedure. If you perform a labor-intensive line of work, such as construction,
you may need to be out of work for a little longer than this.
When you become a patient at the
Center for Vasectomy Reversal, you’ll receive detailed preoperative and postoperative instructions
for your own safety. Should you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Joshua
Green will be happy to address them. You can contact Dr. Joshua Green
in Sarasota at (941) 961-4581.