Five Vasectomy Recovery Instructions You’ll Be Glad You Followed
Are you someone who loves step-by-step challenges?
If you consider yourself a project manager in certain situations, you know that when you follow instructions, you achieve positive results. For example, when a broken garbage disposal is presented to you unless you have a plumbing background, the task will go much better with instructions in hand. Sometimes, however, life gets in the way; you may run out of time, get frustrated, or accidentally skip an important step. When it comes to recovering from your vasectomy, you certainly want to ensure everything runs smoothly. Discover how following vasectomy recovery instructions can lead to positive outcomes, much like those plumbing project instructions.
Five Vasectomy Recovery Instructions For Full “Project Completion”
Before undergoing a vasectomy procedure, your surgeon will explain what to expect during the recovery process. Provided that patients follow the suggestions below, they will likely experience a rapid, safe, and relatively smooth recovery process.
Wearing a supportive undergarment over an ice pack on the scrotum will reduce swelling and diminish pain.
- Sufficient R&R
What’s great about vasectomy procedures? Men can typically return to their jobs within 24 hours after surgery. It’s important, however, to honor the recovery process. Pushing your body and not giving yourself enough rest may prolong the healing process. Make sure you have ample time to sleep and relax before returning to all of your regular activities.
- Temporary Contraception
Sperm doesn’t immediately vacate the passageways within the penis. In other words, you will need to use some form of contraception for no less than eight to 12 weeks after vasectomy surgery. And, although a vasectomy is more than 99% successful as a permanent form of birth control, it does not serve as protection from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Necessary Testing
Although the eight- to 12-week period mentioned above is a guideline for utilizing condoms, birth control pills, or other prophylactics, it’s important to coordinate a semen testing date with your urologist. Up to two tests may be required to ensure that sperm have been completely eliminated from the semen.
- Short Sexual Reprieve
Some men share the following concern: a vasectomy will prevent sexual activity for a prolonged period of time. This isn’t necessarily the case. Men often return to their regular sexual routines after a week of post-procedure healing. Following the above instructions ensures this.
Like many surgeries, some pain or swelling is expected. Your doctor may recommend certain medications, such as mild pain relievers, to reduce pain and inflammation. This is typically in addition to the application of ice to the surgical site.
Although the risk of infection and other complications are low, if you develop symptoms such as blood in the semen, chronic pain, and excessive inflammation and swelling after your vasectomy, contact your urologist right away.
While adhering to your surgeon’s post-vasectomy instructions is essential for a positive recovery, we don’t want our patients to be consumed by worry. Men sometimes express concern about their sexual ability, particularly their sensation of orgasm, being adversely affected after the procedure. However, when you follow the above tips for a healthy recovery, your anatomy will function and feel as it normally would. Vasectomies do not harm or impair sexual ability or physical feeling—so that worry can be cast aside.
If additional fears creep up, our doctors are here to discuss and attempt to dispel them!
Following a healthy recovery, your anatomy will function and feel normal. Provided that you adhere to the vasectomy recovery instructions of your surgeon, you can return to your previous activity level and lifestyle quickly! At Urology Associates of South Bend, we’re dedicated to providing our vasectomy recipients with the tools necessary to maximize recovery and healing. If you have a question or concern regarding recovery, our expert urologists are available to help.
If you’ve been considering vasectomy surgery, the first step is to schedule a consultation. You can call all us any time at (574) 234-4100 to get started.