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Jan 28, 2014 — by Larry Lipshultz

The Side Effects of Vasectomy Reversal SurgeryThere are times when a man who has undergone a vasectomy has second thoughts about the procedure and would like to reverse it. This allows a man to father a child of his own, and we understand why such a desire may persuade someone to reverse their vasectomy. When you meet with a skilled urologist, you can find out if the vasectomy reversal is an ideal option for you.

Right now, our team would like to consider some of the basics with regard to the side effects of vasectomy reversal surgery. You may be surprised to learn what these are and how they may affect your recovery experience.

About Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

In basic terms, vasectomy reversal involves the reconnection of the vas deferens, the tubes which connect to the testicles and allow sperm to be released in the semen during ejaculation. The reversal surgery is more effective the sooner that the procedure is performed after the initial vasectomy.

Are side effects common after vasectomy reversal?

As with a vasectomy, there are side effects associated with vasectomy reversal. Side effects are actually common after any surgery and are a sign of the body's natural healing process. During your consultation, we'll be sure to provide you with full instructions for aftercare so that you can deal with these matters in those early days of surgery.

Discomfort After Surgery

Discomfort around the testicles and groin are common following a vasectomy reversal. This pain will gradually ease off in the days following the surgery.

Bruising After Surgery

As to be expected, a certain amount of bruising of the scrotum and testicle area is also common following vasectomy reversal and will ease with time.

Swelling After Surgery

Swelling is a given following any surgery since it's part of the body's natural response to incisions and revisions of the existing tissues. This swelling is more pronounced early on but goes away with rest and proper healing.

Grogginess and Fatigue After Surgery

Feeling tired or fatigued after surgery is common and is usually an after effect of the anesthetic. Your strength will return to you as you allow yourself time to heal and rest.

Hematoma After Surgery

One complication that may seem like a regular side effect that you need to be very wary of is a hematoma. This involves bleeding under the skin that can lead to swelling in the scrotum. A hematoma can be very painful and worsen if it is not addressed properly or in a timely manner. It's estimated that roughly 5 percent of vasectomy reversal patients experience this complication.

Be attentive about any undue sensations of pain or discomfort in the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Patients should feel free to speak with us following their vasectomy reversal if they have any pressing concerns.

Learn More About Men's Health Issues

If you would like to learn more about vasectomy reversal and the various issues that surround the procedure, be sure to contact our Houston urology and men's health clinic today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible results with regard to your health care needs and goals.