A vasectomy is a minor, outpatient surgical procedure that interrupts the sperm flow between the testicle and the penis. There are two kinds, conventional and no-scalpel. The first method entails two small incisions in the scrotum, making it possible to remove a small piece of the vas, or tube that connects the testicle and penis. During a no-scalpel procedure, the surgeon uses a special instrument to puncture the skin and lift out the vas so that it can be tied or cauterized. Full recovery takes about a week, but returning to light work is possible in just a few days.
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What to Expect After Surgery
Your scrotum will be numb for 1 to 2 hours after a vasectomy. Apply cold packs to the area and lie on your back as much as possible for the rest of the day. Wearing snug under wear or a jockstrap will help relieve discomfort and protect the area.
You may have some swelling and minor pain in your scrotum for several days after the surgery. Unless your work is strenuous, you will be able to return to work in 1 or 2 days. Avoid heavy lifting for a week.
You can resume sexual intercourse as soon as you feel comfortable, typically in about a week. It is important to understand that you can still get your partner pregnant until your sperm count is zero.
A vasectomy will not interupt your sex drive, ability to have erections, sensation of orgasm, or ability to ejaculate. You may potentially have occasional mild aching in your testicles during sexual arousal for a few months after the surgery.
Full recovery takes about a week, but returning to light work is possible in just a few days.