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Vasectomy Post-Op

Welcome to the Snip Club!

You’ve just taken a big step, and now you have the perfect excuse to relax and be looked after for a few days. Put your feet up, grab the remote, and enjoy some well-deserved me-time. Whether it’s binge-watching your favorite series or indulging in those snacks you’ve been eyeing, consider this your hard-earned break. Read further below for your post-op instructions, what to expect, watch our post op video and remember, little discomfort now means big peace of mind later.

Immediately after your operation

If you have any problems and need to speak to us please call us on 07 575 5009 until 5pm where your surgeon is available for advice.  Please do not return to the practice where the operation was performed.

If subsequently you have any post-operative queries, our Practice is open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and can be contacted on 07 575 5009. Outside of these hours you will be redirected to the after hours health line. In the event of a medical emergency ring 111. 

We advise you to spend the rest of the day quietly at home. Men working in an office-based job will need to take two to three days off work, men in heavier manual jobs will need a day or two longer.  Working from home can be a good alternative.

Do not have alcohol for 24 hours as this can increase the likelihood of bleeding.

Refrain from any sexual activity or excessive physical exertion for at least ten days and until any swelling and discomfort has been resolved.

Analgesia / Painkillers

The anaesthetic will wear off after a couple of hours.  We advise you to take two paracetamol as soon as you get home and regularly as written on the packet for the first two days.

Ibuprofen can be used in addition if needed and if you are not able to take this medication.

If you are unable to take ibuprofen, then co-codamol can be used (co-codamol contains paracetamol and codeine so DO NOT take paracetamol and co-codamol at the same time).

Do not use Aspirin as this can increase the possibility of further bleeding.

Wound Care

A dressing may be placed over the small incision on the scrotal skin.  There will be a little bloody discharge on this.  Do not be alarmed as this is normal.  If however, you can see blood leaking from the cut on the scrotum and through the dressing, apply firm pressure to this area by squeezing the dressing and skin between your fingertips, and keeping the pressure on for 15 minutes.

If the bleeding does not stop or you are concerned by the amount of bleeding, call our aftercare line.

Avoid having a bath, showering the next day is fine but you will need to keep the scrotum dry until the small incision is healed over, this will take about a week.  There may be a straw-coloured discharge until the incision is healed.

Healing Time

You can resume sexual activity and sports after 10 days if all is well. Blood in the semen can occur for a few weeks after a vasectomy and will settle. If you have any worries regarding this please call us.

Infection can occur after any operation. If the area becomes red or painful, or you have a temperature or `flu-like` symptoms please do not hesitate to give us a call (if it is more convenient you can speak with your own GP/ practice nurse).

If you are worried by any problems at all please call our practice between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Post-Op Information

Please watch the following video once you are home, for further information on looking after yourself after your vasectomy.

Dr Will Carlino explains what you can expect over the coming days following your surgery.
If you have any concerns, you can contact the practice on 07 575 5009 between 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Have Pending Questions?

What should I do to care for the area immediately after the procedure?

Keep the area clean and dry. Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and manage pain. Wear snug underwear or a scrotal support for a few days to provide comfort and support.

How long will I experience pain or discomfort?

Mild pain and discomfort are common for a few days following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help manage the discomfort. If pain persists beyond a week or intensifies, contact your doctor.

When can I return to work?

Most men can return to non-strenuous work within one to two days. If your job involves physical labor, it’s advisable to take a week off to allow for proper healing.

Is it normal to have bruising or swelling?

Yes, some bruising and swelling are normal after a vasectomy. These symptoms should gradually subside within a week. If swelling or bruising significantly worsens, seek medical advice.

When can I resume normal activities and exercise?

Light activities can typically be resumed within a few days. However, it’s best to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and sexual activity for at least a week to prevent complications.

Can I take a shower after the procedure?

You can usually shower the day after the procedure. Avoid soaking in baths, hot tubs, or swimming pools for at least a week to reduce the risk of infection.

When is it safe to have sex again?

It’s generally recommended to wait about a week before resuming sexual activity. Be sure to use another form of contraception until a semen analysis confirms the absence of sperm.

How long until I’m completely sterile?

It takes about 8-12 weeks and 15-20 ejaculations on average to clear any remaining sperm from the vas deferens. A follow-up semen analysis is necessary to confirm that your ejaculate is sperm-free.

What should I do if I still feel discomfort weeks after the procedure?

Mild discomfort may persist for a few weeks, but if you experience severe pain, swelling, fever, or other concerning symptoms, contact your doctor promptly as these may indicate an infection or other complication.

Can I reverse the vasectomy if I change my mind?

While vasectomy reversals are possible, they are not always successful and can be complex and costly procedures. It’s important to consider a vasectomy as a permanent form of contraception.