Our team is available to you anytime for questions or concerns you may have after your no-scalpel vasectomy procedure at our DFW clinic. Please read the information below to know what to expect.
Do’s and Don’ts After a Vasectomy
Please follow your doctor’s instructions for post vasectomy care in order to speed healing and recovery.
Key points include:
- Do not take any NSAID’s (anti-inflammatories) or aspirin for one week before your surgery or 24 hours after surgery. Tylenol is fine to take at any time.
- Avoid alcohol 24 hours before and after surgery.
- Wear loose fitting clothing on the day of your surgery.
- Wear underwear with good support coming in for your surgery, not boxers.
- For the next few days continue with the supportive underwear, including when sleeping.
- No strenuous activity for one week after the operation. That includes no heavy lifting, cycling, going to the gym, bending, etc.
- After surgery, go home, sit or lie down, apply ice pack to the scrotal area and if uncomfortable, take some Tylenol. (No NSAID’s for 24 hours).
- You can take a shower the evening after your vasectomy. Avoid bathing, hot tubs, swimming pools for a week until the small opening in the scrotum created during surgery is sealed. This will help prevent infection to the operative area while the small hole made for your no-scalpel procedure heals over.
- No sex or ejaculations for one week.
Detailed Patient Instructions After Vasectomy
After your vasectomy, you should go home and rest for the remainder of the day and evening. Minimize any kind of activity.
Some men have no pain at all while many others have aches in the groin. That’s because the testes originate from the abdomen as an embryo and share some of the same nerve supplies. Anything in the scrotum may be perceived in the abdomen as well.
Please plan on being a couch potato for the first two days after your vasectomy procedure. Even if you feel OK to walk around the very best thing for your speedy return to your regular routing is to rest and maximize the speed of healing.
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The First 48 Hours
- Take your medication as ordered.
- Stay off your feet as much as you can for the first two days.
- Use an ice pack on your scrotum for 20 minutes every hour (except when you’re sleeping) for the first two to three days after your vasectomy. You should repeat the icing as often as you can in the first week. You can make your own ice pack by putting ice in a plastic bag and wrapping it in a dish towel, or use a bag of frozen peas. Gel packs also work well.
- There may be a small amount of bleeding from the skin opening. This is normal. Put the antibiotic ointment on the gauze and change the gauze twice a day. Do this until there is no more blood, then just wear the scrotal support over your underwear without the gauze for the next 7 days. You may take a daily shower starting in the evening after your procedure. Avoid taking baths for 48 hours after the surgery.
- For the first 24 hours, continue to avoid any alcohol, take 2 tablets of extra-strength Tylenol every 6 hours and ice the area regularly.
The First Week
- Do not strain yourself. Do not have sex or lift anything heavier than 10 pounds.
- Keep the incision clean and dry, although it is acceptable to take a gentle shower after your surgery.
- Wear your supportive underwear for the entire week.
- Leave some clean gauze with antibiotic ointment applied at the opening in the scrotum for a day or two. It is possible that this practice may further reduce post-operative infection rates.
- Call Dr. McAuliff if you notice ongoing bleeding.
- Call Dr. McAuliff if you get a fever, your scrotum gets very red or you notice any unusual discharge.
- Do not engage in sex or have ejaculations for a week
- Light blood in the semen is normal in the first few ejaculations after your vasectomy, and no cause for concern.
- For the entire first week, avoid any exertion, exercise, extensive walking, climbing, jogging, or sports, etc.
- When pain and tenderness are minimal, you may return to your usual activity but on the first day back start off at ½ your usual workout if you feel up to it.
- In general, avoid lifting more than 10 pounds in the first week.
- It is normal to have some discoloration of the skin (blue and black) around the puncture site a few days after your vasectomy. This will gradually go away.
- You might notice a lump on each side of your scrotum after your vasectomy for the new few weeks That is a scar where we cut and sealed your vas. It usually feels like a knot the size of a pea and may swell to the size of a marble and be tender for a few weeks after the procedure but then becomes smaller and non-tender.
Post-Vasectomy Semen Testing
Because you are not sterile right after your vasectomy, temporary birth control is needed until a follow-up semen analysis confirms that no sperm are present. You will be given instructions on how to get your sperm tested.
Confirm Vasectomy Effectiveness
After a minimum of three months and 30 ejaculations you must get your semen tested.
- Because you are not sterile right after your vasectomy, temporary birth control is needed until a follow-up semen analysis confirms that no sperm are present.
- After a minimum of three months and 30 ejaculations you must get your semen tested.
- In your After-Care Packet we offer suggestions for that testing. You may go to whatever lab you choose to do this service; we do not have a lab. The cost of this test is not included in your surgery; and we do not pay for this analysis. The cost may or may not be covered by insurance; if you have insurance, take your insurance card with you to the lab.
The chance of sperm passing through the blockage in the sperm tubes is extremely small, especially once the sperm tubes are cut, cauterized and then separated by the fascial sheath barrier, but failure is possible. The incidence of failure varies with the skill and experience of the surgeon and with the approach used to block the tubes. It is for this reason that testing semen samples is essential.
We are pleased to report that the vasectomy technique we use, over many thousands of surgeries, has demonstrated an outstanding success rate with a very low complication rate. At Gentle Procedures Clinic the incidence of failure is 1 in 1000 vasectomy surgeries performed.
Important information on post-vasectomy semen analysis
- Please abstain from having sex or ejaculating for two days before you collect your specimen.
- The best option for testing is to choose a lab. Choose a lab convenient to where you live, be sure to call the lab before you go, and follow their instructions for a successful test.
- An alternative to going to a lab is the home test kit that is approved by the FDA.
- A lab test and a home test give different results. Both results are accurate, in different ways. Be sure you ask about the difference.
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