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After the Vasectomy Reversal Surgery
Direction for Vasectomy Reversal Post Operative Care
A vasectomy reversal procedure does not require an overnight hospital stay and lasts from 3 to 5 hours at an outpatient surgery center. Pain and discomfort after the procedure is very manageable, and may be similar to the pain experienced after the vasectomy. Swelling, bruising, or discoloration of the scrotal area is normal and generally does not need a doctor’s attention.
Immediately after the surgery, ice packs placed on the scrotum area are recommended to reduce any swelling and pain. A prescription pain medication will be available for the first two days after the procedure and can be taken as necessary. Often times after the second day, Tylenol, Motrin or Advil will be sufficient to eliminate discomfort or pain.
Due to the superficial nature of the procedure, risks, post-op discomfort and disruption of normal activities are limited. Patients routinely return back to work in an office setting in approximately three days and physically strenuous work within 4 weeks. Sexual intercourse can be resumed as soon as four weeks after the surgery.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be accompanied by a responsible adult upon discharge and for 24 hours after surgery.
Immediate post-op patient care includes a follow-up consultation to evaluate the healing process at approximately one week and a semen analysis after approximately 4 weeks. Sperm concentration in the ejaculate will be monitored until results are consistent. When good seminal parameters are obtained, Dr. Bastuba recommends that sperm samples be frozen early on, since there is a low but present possibility of a scar down of the reversal.
Making a Difference: Vasectomy Reversal Post Op Care
Starting or building a family may require more than just the vasectomy reversal. A good vasectomy reversal surgery is characterized by adequate post-op patient care. Attentive follow-up care is important and for Dr. Bastuba. This attention to detail leads to more timely and successful pregnancies for his patients. Providing an initial evaluation of the female partner and sperm freezing/sperm banking at the time of reversal can make a very significant difference in a couple's success.
If a patient experiences pain or unusual swelling in the scrotum area, contact Dr. Bastuba immediately. For acute medical problems, someone is always on call. If you are not able to get to Dr. Bastuba directly, you MUST call the main office number directly to contact the physician on call. Routine operative complications may include infections, bleeding and side effects of anesthesia.
Special side-effects for this procedure can include delayed scar down (rate: 2% per year for the first 5 years post-op), moderate swelling, bruising in the area, discoloration in the area or even of the penis, as blood can travel underneath the skin. Other side-effects may include post-operative pain, continued absence of sperm from the ejaculate, continued inability to initiate a pregnancy, high riding testicles, especially if large portions of the vas deferens were removed at time of the initial vasectomy or if it is a redo vasectomy reversal. Even loss of testicular tissue is a possibility. Though Dr. Bastuba has never experienced this in any of his patients it has been reported in literature. Severe complications that require additional surgery are quite rare.