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What happens after the vasectomy procedure?

Following the surgery, ice packs are often applied to scrotum to decrease pain and swelling. A dressing (or athletic supporter) which supports the scrotum can also reduce pain. Mild over-the-counter pain medication such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) should be able to control any discomfort. Activities may be restricted for one or two days, and sexual intercourse for three to four days.

Following your procedure it is important that you remain off your feet as much as possible for 24 to 48 hours. This is important in order to minimize the chance of post surgical complications. The anesthetic will wear off in approximately 1 to 2 hours after surgery. You should have someone else drive you home. You may shower at your leisure. Sexual activity may be resumed in approximately 3 to 4 days. (At this time you are not yet sterile and safe from pregnancy.) Your doctor will ask you to bring a semen specimen in approximately 4 to 6 weeks after your vasectomy. This must be checked in order to be assured that g the vasectomy worked and that you are as sterile.

More information on vasectomy

What is a vasectomy? - Vasectomy is a procedure in which the two tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urinary tract are surgically altered.
What are the risk factors for vasectomy? - There are very few risks associated with vasectomy other than infection, bruising, epididymitis, and sperm granulomas.
How to prepare for the procedure of vasectomy? - No special physical preparation is required. Wash yourself thoroughly and put on clean, snug underwear or an athletic supporter (jock strap) before your appointment.
What happens during the procedure? - The vasectomy is done in an outpatient clinic or in the health care provider's office. It usually takes 15 to 20 minutes.
What happens after the vasectomy procedure? - Following the surgery, ice packs are often applied to scrotum to decrease pain and swelling.
What is vasectomy reversal? - The technical name for a vasectomy reversal is a vasovasostomy.
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