Often times the fear of the unknown regarding the recovery process is why men feel unsure about vasectomy reversal. How long will the pain last? When will I be able to go back to work? How long after surgery will I be able to resume my regular activities? These are normal fears and concerns to have since vasectomy reversal is a true surgery. To help relieve you of these fears and concerns, here are the answers to some of the most common questions people have regarding the vasectomy reversal recovery.
What will the initial recovery be like?
Initially after the surgery, you will be kept in the hospital to ensure that there are not any immediate complications due to the surgery. This also allows you to be monitored as the anesthesia wears off. On occasion, patients may suffer from nausea because of the anesthesia. You will be permitted to leave the hospital the next morning after your surgery.
How long will the pain last?
This is a question that is more difficult to answer mainly due to the fact that each person heals differently, thus everyone will experience pain after the surgery for different periods of time. However, most patients are able to return to their daily activities two weeks after their procedure. The only activity that you have to wait longer to resume is swimming. We advise patients not to swim for 4-6 weeks after their procedure.
How much time will I need off of work?
It is important to take at least a week off of work as you will need to spend the week after your surgery resting and recovering. Taking this much time off of work can be difficult for many people, but it is necessary in order to ensure that you recover properly. However, there is no reason why you cannot answer phone calls or emails during this time if you feel like it, it is simply important that you rest.
What will I need to do to take care of my wound after the procedure?
It is important that you take daily baths for a week after your surgery in order to keep your wound clean. This is important so that you do not get an infection. It will also be important after your procedure for you to wear supportive underwear such as a jockstrap while you are recovering.
When will I be able to have intercourse?
This is a common question that many patients have. It is important after your procedure that you wait at least 2 weeks before you resume intercourse. This will give your body plenty of time to heal. Once the two weeks are over you should be fine to start having intercourse again.
It is not uncommon for patients to have concerns regarding the recovery process after a vasectomy reversal. Our goal at Your Vasectomy Reversal Clinic is to provide our patients with the information they need to better understand the procedure. If you have any questions about the vasectomy reversal process, feel free to contact us at any time.