Vasectomy reversals are generally well-tolerated procedures. In most cases, patients return home on the same day as their surgeries and recover over the course of the next few weeks. Before you leave the surgery center, you will receive detailed instructions on how to care for yourself at home and avoid complications. Here is what you need to know.
Before your surgery, your doctor will decide what kind of anesthesia is right for you. Some patients have the procedure using local anesthesia or a spinal block along with a sedative to prevent them from moving during the surgery. Others undergo vasectomy reversals with general anesthesia. After the procedure, you may still feel some of the effects of the anesthesia when you leave the surgery center, including numbness, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. This is normal and will gradually ease. Most people feel like they have fully recovered from anesthesia after 24 hours.
Surgical Site Care
After the surgery, you will have two small drains in your scrotum. These will be removed the day after the surgery. You will need to wear supportive underwear or an athletic supporter continuously for about a month after your surgery, which will give you the appropriate amount of support as you heal. The incision itself should heal within about two weeks, and the stitches will be absorbed, so they do not need to be removed.
Return to Normal Activities
Most people are able to return to work within a week of their surgeries, but it is recommended that you refrain from heavy lifting or sexual intercourse for about four weeks after your procedure. Most men say that the recovery process from their vasectomy reversals is similar to the recovery from their original vasectomy procedures.
At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, our team will support you both before and after your surgery, so you have the healthiest, most comfortable recovery possible. Are you considering a vasectomy reversal? Call Dr. Green in Sarasota at (941) 894-6428.
The recovery from a vasectomy reversal is smooth and easy in the vast majority of cases. Before you leave the surgical center, Dr. Green will explain what you should expect and how you should care for yourself as you recover. Most vasectomy reversals are performed on an outpatient basis, so you will likely not need to spend the night in the hospital. Here are some tips for caring for yourself at home after your surgery.
Vasectomy reversal procedures typically do not cause intense post-surgical pain, but many men do report experiencing minor discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Dr. Green will advise you if you should use over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate any discomfort, or he will prescribe pain medication for you. On the day of the procedure, you should use ice packs, keeping them on for 20 minutes, and then removing them for 20 minutes before putting them on again. This will help to control swelling and will help with pain as well.
You should rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours after surgery. Dr. Green will remove your drains the day after surgery and tell you if you’re ready to start moving around again. When you’ve been advised that it is safe, you can start walking around for short distances, slowly increasing your distance with each walk. Avoid strenuous activity for at least four weeks. Generally, most men are able to return to work one week after the surgery.
Most men can eat a normal diet after surgery. If you are on pain medication and experiencing stomach discomfort, try eating a bland diet to ease your indigestion. You should also drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated throughout your recovery.
At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we’re committed to supporting patients before and after their procedures. We also work with men coming from out of town to our surgical center and ensure that they have the support they need even when they return home. To find out more about vasectomy reversal surgery in Sarasota, call (941) 894-6428.
Like any other surgical procedure, patients can expect to have a follow-up appointment after a vasectomy reversal . The specific policies can vary between clinics, but vasectomy reversal surgeons will generally want to see patients the day after their surgery. It’s a good idea to write down a list of questions before your appointment or ask your partner to keep track of the post-operative information.
Why am I experiencing pain?
Most men do not experience significant pain after the procedure. It’s normal for the discomfort to increase once the anesthetic wears off, which is why your surgeon might have instructed you to take a pain reliever shortly after the procedure. If you are experiencing worsening pain, it may be because you’re trying to move around too much, you aren’t wearing the scrotal support, or you aren’t applying ice packs as directed. Double-check your post-operative instructions to make sure you’re taking care of yourself appropriately.
How long should I refrain from sex?
Your surgeon will likely ask that you refrain from sex for at least three weeks. This includes all types of sexual activity and ejaculation.
When can I return to work?
Every patient’s recovery is a little different, but most men with sedentary jobs can expect to go back to work within a few days. If your job requires a great deal of walking, driving, or intensive physical labor, it’s best to defer to your surgeon for further guidance.
How soon should I get a sperm analysis?
After having a vasectomy reversal, it’s natural to feel a little impatient about the results. However, it can take several months or longer for sperm to be present in the semen again. Your surgeon might ask that you ejaculate a couple dozen times before having the sperm test.
When you become a patient of Dr. Green’s at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal , you will receive extensive post-operative support and care. Vasectomy reversal patients in Sarasota and out-of-town patients all receive Dr. Green’s personal cellphone number in the event any problems arise. To reach our clinic, call (941) 894-6428.
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