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Vasectomy Reversal Recovery - Pain

To help you relate, vasectomy reversal recovery, with respect to the level of pain, is about equal to or slightly greater than the discomfort experienced immediately after the vasectomy. Patients are typically discharged with a prescription for Tylenol with codeine for possible post-operative pain relief. However, due to the surgery being far more involved, expect more time for recovery after a vasectomy reversal.

Antibiotics are not typically given after the surgery, unless they are needed


After your vasectomy reversal, your physician will determine when it is appropriate to head home. Despite how you well you may feel its important to follow your doctor's advice. Read and review the written instructions carefully with your spouse. Patients will leave the surgery with sterile fluffs held in place using a snug fitting scrotal supporter.

Discomfort after the surgery can include slight swelling, bruising or discoloration in the scrotal area. Also, a headache, body ache, nausea and other symptoms can result from the anesthesia but will diminish within the first few days. Here is some advice that should be followed after vasectomy reversal.

  • Patients should not drive home, so arrange transportation.
  • Abstain from alcohol for 24 hours following surgery, otherwise eat normally.
  • For at least two days, elevate legs, avoid standing up and use ice packs regularly to soothe the scrotal area.
  • Patients can shower 48 hours after the surgery.
  • Deskwork may be resumed in three days.
  • No heavy work or sports are allowed for three weeks after vasectomy reversal.
  • No intercourse or ejaculation is allowed for four weeks following vasectomy reversal.
  • For six weeks, during the vasectomy reversal recovery, patients wear a scrotal supporter at all times, except in the shower, even when sleeping. Thereafter during recovery a comfortable scrotal supporter is worn whenever the patient is upright until pregnancy is achieved
  • Complications If, in the first day or two following vasectomy reversal, any fever, chills, increasing pain, swelling, or drainage occur contact your doctor immediately.
  • After the First Few Weeks Typically, after four or five weeks routine activities, even normally strenuous ones, will gradually return. One or two months after the vasectomy reversal semen analysis will be arranged on a regular basis. But sperm may not reappear on a regular basis for up to six months. Keep in mind that even with reduced sperm count and poor motility pregnancy is possible.
  • Conception Though its possible for pregnancy to result as soon as intercourse can resume, or many years following the vasectomy reversal – typically, conception takes from 12 to 24 months. The patient’s progress is typically followed until pregnancy is achieved. For more, read Success Rates and Their Determinants.
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