AFTER VASECTOMY INSTRUCTIONS

Spend a quiet evening at home, reclining in bed or on the sofa. Minimize activity. 

 

You may take acetaminophen (Tyelonol) or ibuprofen if you have any discomfort.  You may take aspirin starting 2 days after your vasectomy.

 

You may remove the scrotal support and take a daily shower starting the morning after the procedure. Replace the scrotal support and wear it whenever you are up and around for the next 2 days and during any increased activity for the next 7 days.

 

On the day after the procedure, you may walk and drive as much as you like, but no sports, yard work, swimming, or heavy lifting. If your job is sedentary (office work or supervisor), you may return to work.

 

Three days after the procedure, you may return to more strenuous work and regular activities wearing scrotal support.  Wait 7 days for aggressive sports like basketball and tennis.

 

You may have sex 7 days after the procedure.  It is common to have some blood in the semen for the first few ejaculations.  Use other forms of contraception until you are told that your semen is sperm-free.

 

It is normal to have some discoloration of the skin around the puncture site.  Some men will develop considerable discoloration of the scrotum about 4 days after the vasectomy. Blood from the deep vasectomy site comes to the surface as a purplish-blue mark, gets darker and spreads out like an oil slick, then gradually dissipates.

 

Some men (about 1 in 20) will develop swelling and discomfort on one or both sides, starting anytime from 3 days to 3 months following vasectomy. This usually represents an exaggerated form of the normal inflammatory response necessary for sperm absorption and recycling. It is best managed with a 5-7 day course of ibuprofen 600 mg 3 times per day.

 

At least 12 weeks and 20 ejaculations after your vasectomy, bring a semen sample to one our offices or any LabCorp location along with the order form given to you the day of your procedure. Labcorp.com Enter your zip code and the closest locations to you will be shown.  This sample should be produced after a 2 day period of no ejaculation.  Samples will not be checked early.

 

If you are bringing the sample, it should be in a small container with a lid, such as a pill bottle or baby food jar.  Please do not bring the sample in a condom or baggie as we will be unable to retrieve a specimen adequate to be checked and you will be asked to return with another sample in a container with a lid.  The sample should be produced the day of the examination, but can be 3-4 hours old.  If sperm are seen you will be asked to continue other means of birth control and return with a second specimen in 2-3 weeks.

 

Thank you for placing your confidence in us.

 

 

T.J. Morris M.D.