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Jul 31, 2014 — by Larry Lipshultz

A happy couple together smilingVasectomy reversal surgery can be quite effective at restoring male fertility, particularly when it is performed within a few years of the initial vasectomy procedure. In order to improve your chances of successful reversal, it's ideal to meet with a skilled urologist like Dr. Larry Lipshultz. His reputation for success and great results has made him one of the leading men's health surgeons in the greater Houston area.

It's also important for patients to follow any pre-operative or post-operative instructions they receive to the letter as these will also help improve the chances of surgical success. Let's take a couple moments right now to consider these pre-op instructions so you have a basic understanding of how to prepare for surgery. Keep in mind that more detailed instructions will be provided to you at the practice.

Why These Pre-Op Instructions Are So Important

Healing really begins before a surgery is even performed. Pre-operative instructions are in place to ensure that patients are in optimal conditions for healing free from complications. Following all instructions for surgical care closely means faster healing as well as reduced severity and duration of side effects.

Avoid Smoking and Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Smoking and alcohol consumption can impair your body's ability to heal. It's important in the weeks leading up to surgery that you quit smoking and drastically reduce your consumption of alcoholic beverages in order to achieve ideal health conditions.

Avoid Using Aspirin and Certain Other Medications

Aspirin, blood thinners, and other medications that make it harder for your blood to clot should not be taken in the week or possibly weeks leading up to surgery. This helps prevent delayed healing and problems with bleeding in the days after the vasectomy reversal has been performed.

Run Errands Ahead of Time

Rather than rush around after the surgery is performed or the day before the procedure, it's a good idea to run any errands that you need to in the days leading up to surgery. Buy groceries, fill prescriptions, do laundry, purchase the recommended support garments, and clean around the house ahead of time. This will allow you to concentrate on healing after your surgery is performed rather than stress about minor things.

Arrange for a Loved One to Be with You for Recovery

In the first few days after surgery, it's helpful to have a loved one with you. Not only will this person help you get to the surgical facility and back, but he or she will also be available to help around your home. Having someone there to run basic errands and touch base with the practice in case of pressing needs can be crucial for ensuring surgical success.

Prepping In the Day Before Surgery

The day before surgery, be sure to keep the following in mind:

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery
  • Shower thoroughly with antibacterial soap the night before and morning of surgery

Arrive at the surgical facility relaxed and calm, wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

Schedule a Consultation to Address Your Men's Health Needs

If you would like to learn more about vasectomy reversal and how it might be the best solution for you and your needs, we encourage you to contact our men's health medical center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve optimal results with surgery.