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Side Effects and Recovery

While vasectomy is a routine procedure, and no-scalpel vasectomies carry few side effects, there are possible complications and side effects to keep in mind. Infection and pain are foremost among these. They key to managing side effects and preventing complications is to follow doctor’s orders following your procedure. Bruising, light bleeding and pain are common following a vasectomy. To prevent pregnancy, follow all post-operative protocols around care and monitoring your sperm count following your vasectomy.

Side Effects of Vasectomy

Following your vasectomy, these are the common side effects you may experience:

  • Possibility of infection – Keep a close watch over the surgical site and be aware of the potential for site infections or UTI’s. Your doctor may preemptively prescribe antibiotics. If you do experience infection, contact your specialist right away to avoid more serious complications.
  • Swelling & pain– Use an icepack to ease the swelling at the surgical site and be sure to take it easy for the first few weeks after the procedure. You may be prescribed pain medication or be advised to take over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Avoid heavy lifting and sexual activity until your doctor gives you the green light.
  • Sensitive or painful urination – It’s possible that your urethra may be sensitive for the first few hours or so after the procedure.
  • Bleeding – while not always expected, some bleeding can occur and discolor the urine. Discuss this with your doctor.
  • Sperm granulomas – Sperm may leak into the tissue during the procedure and produce lumps. It’s not painful and will go away with rest

man happily recovered from vasectomy surgery

Possible Complications from Vasectomy

While uncommon, post-operative complications may occur. Contact your doctor if you experience any of these:

  • Bleeding which leads to blood clots in the urine
  • Significant pain beyond tenderness or soreness at the surgical site
  • Signs of infection such as fever, chills or discharge at the surgical site
  • Being unable to urinate

Because these are serious, it’s paramount you address these side effects with your doctor to prevent further complications. If you feel you’re having an emergency, call your doctor now or go to the hospital. If you’re unable to get to a hospital, call 911.

When to See Your Atlanta Specialist for Problems

While some basic side effects are normal, it’s important to keep an open line of communication with your doctor after surgery. If you’re experiencing any of the more serious complications or side effects we mentioned such as infection or severe pain, do not hesitate to seek medical attention immediately. If you’re having an emergency, call your doctor and get to a hospital to avoid further complications related to your procedure.