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May 22, 2014 — by Larry Lipshultz

Vasectomy Reversal Fatigue - Side Effects / Complications of SurgeryVasectomy reversal surgery can work for many patients who would like to father children naturally. A skilled urologist and men's health specialist will help determine if vasectomy reveral is right for you. Right now, our team would like to focus on fatigue following vasectomy reversal so that you have a good understanding of the surgical process and how you may be affected by it.

Is fatigue common after vasectomy reversal?

Fatigue does tend to be a common side effect following vasectomy reversal. This is a given, however, simply considering the nature of the surgery.

Why does fatigue occur after surgery?

Vasectomy reversal surgery is performed under anesthetic. Sometimes local or regional anesthetic may be used, while other times general anesthesia may be recommended. As patients come out of anesthetic, a certain amount of grogginess and fatigue are to be expected.

In the days that follow surgery, patients can also expect sensations of grogginess and exhaustion to occur as they deal with other symptoms, such as soreness, bruising, and swelling.

How long will sensations of fatigue last?

Overall, patients should notice some sensations of fatigue that accompany other symptoms, but the fatigue itself should only last a few days to a week. Residual feelings of tiredness or weakness may persist as patients continue to heal, however, and ought to fade as other symptoms abate.

Patients are encouraged to discuss any issues with energy level and other matters with their surgeon during their follow-up visits. This will allow any pressing concerns to be addressed in a timely fashion.

Easing Back Into Your Daily Routine

One way to address fatigue and other symptoms of vasectomy reversal is to take it easy when returning to your normal daily activities and routine. It's important to take time off to relax and recovery. Overexerting yourself too early can make your recovery process far more troublesome, extending the amount of time you feel fatigued or sore.

Surgical Recovery Is a Process That Takes Time

It's important that prospective patients understand that the recovery time following vasectomy reversal is often greater than the recovery time after the initial vasectomy. By understanding that, patients also tend to understand the importance of being fully rested after surgery in order to improve the overall recovery process.

Other Matters to Consider with Regard to Vasectomy Reversal

Many patients ask how successful vasectomy reversal surgery is. We are happy to note that vasectomy reversal surgery is successful for many patients, allowing them to have children again. That said, the success of the procedure is often dependent on when the initial vasectomy was performed. The sooner the reversal procedure is performed, the more likely the reversal procedure will be successful.

During your consultation process, we will be more than happy to go over all of the pros and cons of vasectomy reversal surgery, helping you make the most well-informed decisions about the treatment process.

Learn More About Men's Health Concerns and Your Treatment Options

If you would like to learn more about vasectomy reversal and how it can be of great benefit to you given your needs, we encourage you to contact our San Antonio men's health and urology center today. Dr. Larry Lipshultz and his team look forward to meeting you in person and discussing all of your options for care as well as some basic expectations with regard to your recovery process.