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What Should I Expect if I Get a Vasectomy?

by Arkansas Urology on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Before you decide to get a vasectomy, make sure that you are finished having children. Getting a vasectomy reversed doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to get your partner pregnant in the future. The chances of success also drop the longer you wait between your procedure and reversal. However, if you’re certain that your family is complete, a vasectomy is a reliable form of contraception with a very low risk of complications.

If you’re feeling nervous, don’t fret! You’ll be given local anesthesia, so you’ll only feel some tugging instead of pain. The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and only requires one or two small incisions. Your doctor will remove part of your vas deferens, and the tubes will be cauterized or tied. You can go home soon after the surgery, and shouldn’t need to miss much work to recover, unless you want an excuse to stay home and watch basketball or any other big sports events going on.

After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort, swelling and bruising that lasts for a few days. Use an ice pack to relieve the swelling and take over-the-counter pain medication for pain relief. Be sure not to exercise, lift anything heavy or have sex while your incision is healing. You shouldn’t experience any intense pain, but it’s important to let your doctor know right away if you do, as it could be a sign of an infection. Be sure to continue using birth control until your doctor has confirmed that it’s ok to stop.

At Arkansas Urology, we’re here for you. Our patients’ health has been and will always be our top priority! Are you ready to schedule your vasectomy? Contact us today to schedule your appointment, or book your appointment online.