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Feb 19, 2014 — by Larry Lipshultz

Vasectomy Reversal Recovery TimelineVasectomy reversal is an effective way for men who've undergone a vasectomy to be fathers again. The procedure can be quite effective so long as it is performed within a few years of the initial vasectomy. When you meet with a skilled urologist in your area, you'll be able to go over various pre-op and post-op matters in much greater detail. You'll also be able learn about all of the risks and benefits involved in the process.

Right now, we'd like to focus on the recovery period that follows a vasectomy reversal. This is important to keep in mind, and it's worth noting these matters before you even undergo the surgery. Knowing what to expect from the process is a sure way to have realistic expectations about the entire surgery.

What to Expect Immediately After Surgery

Immediately after the vasectomy reversal, soreness, discomfort, and grogginess are all common. It's a good idea for patients to simply go home and rest after surgery, staying off their feet as much as possible.

Some Activity Restrictions to Consider

Here are some basic things to consider for the weeks following surgery:

  • Do not engage in sexual activity for two to three weeks
  • Do not engage in strenuous physical activities or heavy lifting for at least three to four weeks, or as instructed by your surgeon
  • Do not soak in the bath or use hot tubs until allowed to by your surgeon

The Days After Vasectomy Reversal

In those first days after vasectomy reversal, it is not uncommon to experience pain, swelling, discomfort, bruising, and discoloration. To address these matters, be sure to follow your surgeon's instructions for the use of ice packs and pain medication.

Ideally you'll want to stay off your feet and focus on resting for the first few days after surgery. This improves healing time and overall healing experience.

The First Week After Vasectomy Reversal

By the end of the first week, patients should notice steady improvement with regard to pain and discomfort after vasectomy reversal. Patients will usually be asked to wear a support garment as they get around just to ensure proper healing. Usually patients are able to return to work by the end of the first week depending on the nature of their job.

The Weeks Ahead and What to Expect

As the weeks unfold, patients will be able to return to more and more physical activities. Ejaculation will be permitted at the two to three week mark, and a semen analysis will be performed by the six week mark to determine if the vasectomy reversal surgery has been successful.

Keep In Touch with Your Surgeon as You Recover

As you heal, it's important that you keep in touch with your surgeon. If you should experience any undue pain or discomfort, or if you should notice any bizarre symptoms at all, it's important that these get reported right away so that they can be addressed in a timely manner. This helps prevent any serious complications from occurring.

Learn More About Your Men's Health Options

If you would like to learn more about vasectomy reversal surgery and related topics, be sure to contact our Houston urology and men's health center today. Our team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve optimal health and wellness in the process.