Patient Comments: Vasectomy - Recovery

How was the recovery process for vasectomy?

Comment from: Jude, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 28

I had my vasectomy done 8 days ago. I put on a brave face and the actual procedure wasn't bad at all. The first 2 days were a breeze. Pain was 1 out of 10 which a few Panadol helped. I started feeling pain about day 3 (3/10). Five days later, I accidentally scratched the left wound and blood gushed out everywhere. I just poured some Betadine over it and let it heal itself. Everything is ok but it's all still a bit tender and I have a bit of abdominal pain. I am still a bit freaked out about going back to the gym. A bit disappointed I don't feel 100 percent quite yet.

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Comment from: TJ, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 08

I had the traditional bi-lateral vasectomy over a year ago. The scrotum area was numbed up prior to surgery but even so when the vas deferens was cut on both sides I could feel a dull ache. It was kind of scary when on the table having it done all I could think of was the permanency of what I was having done. I had a quick recovery after resting for one day, as the next day I was back at work at construction. We have two children and did not want any more. Vasectomy was the best choice we made and we have not looked back with any regrets.

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Comment from: InControl, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

I had my vasectomy about a week ago. No scalpel. One hole, and titanium clips on both severed ends. I had pain after surgery, felt good to be in bed (and not moving, as legs knock testicles and the weight of them also hurts). Pain was most intense on day 3, and I could also see some bruising at the top of the scrotum and along the very bottom. I took it easy, used Polysporin and followed the doctor's directions religiously. Every day after the third day, it's gotten better and better in terms of pain and ease of walking. I can't run or exercise yet, but good gentle care and patience seem to be winning this recovery.

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Comment from: worried wife, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 08

Please get all the information available before you go ahead with the vasectomy procedure. I wish my husband never had it done. In August it has almost been a year and he is in constant pain. We think he is suffering from post-vasectomy pain syndrome. And now with our wonderful medical plan we have in Canada we have been waiting for six months to see a urologist. I wish I would have had my tubes tied but my husband opted for this procedure given advice from friends and family that it wasn't a big deal. The figures range from 10 to 30 percent who suffer from this condition, and guess what! There is no cure, and no research. Do not get it done!

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Comment from: manc, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I had my vasectomy 3 and a half hours ago and was glad I did. I panicked just before the operation but once I went in felt no pain at all. A slight sharp pain of the skin and then nothing at all. I sat on my bed now with no pain apart from these tight underpants squeezing them together, it is nothing at all.

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Comment from: drswift, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

I had my vasectomy done three days ago. The procedure went fine. I was quite anxious when the needle for the local anesthetic came out (clenched my eyes, crossed my legs, etc.) - but I didn't need to be. When I got home I was bracing myself all day for when the local wore off, but again, didn't need to be worried. I have had paracetamol a few times during my recovery but it was never necessary. I went to work the day after the procedure. I am a school teacher. It was fine. Bruising is very minimal.

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Comment from: Steve, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I had a vasectomy and had many problems. I felt like I was experiencing a male sort of menopause, hot flashes, irritability, and testicle pain. I eventually went in and had it reversed and the symptoms disappeared. Don't let anyone tell you this procedure is nothing. Do so with eyes open.

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