Recovering from a Vasectomy

Because vasectomies are such simple procedures, vasectomy recovery usually is, as well. While it is normal to feel nervous about surgery, especially in such a sensitive area, this procedure is one of the most effective and straightforward methods of birth control available.

At our urology unit in Tijuana, MX, we will walk you through what to expect both during and after your vasectomy so that you can prepare beforehand. Board-certified by Consejo Nacional Mexicano de Urologia A.C., Dr. Luis Herrera is dedicated to thorough follow-up care.

Recovery Timeline

While the timeline can vary from patient to patient, you can usually expect a full recovery within one to two weeks. Most patients can return to work within a few days of surgery. 

Patients should take several days off work in order to recover fully. 

Immediately after the Procedure

Dr. Herrera will place a bandage over the scrotum to protect the incision site after surgery. Because most vasectomies are performed under local anesthesia, the numbing effects will likely linger for a few hours. You can expect some degree of tenderness, soreness, or discomfort once it wears off, particularly during urination. Fortunately, these side effects can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen.

In most cases, there will be swelling and bruising, as well. To diminish inflammation, apply a cold compress to the scrotum several times a day in 20-minute increments.

Before you leave, Dr. Herrera will provide you with a number of post-operative instructions, including:

  • Do not shower or bathe for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise. This includes heavy lifting.
  • Abstain from sexual intercourse until pain and swelling have faded.
  • Wear snug underwear. This will secure the surgical site and reduce the risk of injury or trauma.

If you notice severe pain, swelling, redness, or pus around the surgical site, call Dr. Herrera immediately. 

First Week after the Procedure

Discomfort may linger for a few days. However, most patients report a vast improvement after one week. Bandages and gauze will no longer be necessary at this point. You should be able to resume most activity as well, including light exercise and sex. However, do not participate in any strenuous exercise until cleared by your surgeon.

Returning to Work

Most patients can return to work after a few days. However, if your job is physically demanding, we recommend taking at least one week off to minimize the risk of pulling stitches and infection.

Full Recovery

Most patients fully recover from their vasectomy within two weeks of the procedure. Some will recover faster.

However, it is important to note that you will not be sperm-free immediately after surgery. It takes approximately three months after a vasectomy to eliminate all of the sperm in your semen. At this point, Dr. Herrera must test your semen to ensure there are no sperm present. Until this is confirmed, we strongly recommend using an alternative form of birth control.

Contact Our Practice Today

If you are interested in learning more about vasectomy, or medical tourism in general, contact our practice today. Dr. Herrera uses only the most advanced technology, ensuring that treatment is effective and minimally invasive. When you choose our practice, you can receive top-tier care in a truly relaxing environment.

Dr. Luis Herrera

Unidad de Urología Dr. Luis Herrera

Dr. Luis Herrera is a highly trained urologist practicing in Tijuana, Mexico, just a few minutes south of the border. He provides patients from Mexico and medical tourists with a variety of advanced urologic treatments, including vasectomy, shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Herrera is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • La Sociedad Mexicana de Urología
  • The European Association of Urology
  • The American Endourological Society
  • The American Urological Association

For more information, or to request an appointment, please contact us online or call (619) 392-8516.

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