Vasectomy

DISCHARGE INFORMATION

REMEMBER

  • You will not be sterile immediately.
  • A follow-up sperm count should be performed at 3 months.

Advice following the procedure:

  • Wearing supportive underpants (not boxer shorts) day and night for the first few days will help reduce post-operative swelling, bruising and discomfort.
  • Due to the looseness of scrotal tissue, if bleeding occurs there is a risk of quite
  • extensive bruising occurring. It is not serious and will settle down, but can be quite painful - please see your doctor for advice if you are concerned.
  • Aching is to be expected for the first few days following the procedure. Take pain
    medication as directed. Avoid aspirin-type medications (e.g. Disprin/Solprin) as they
    may aggravate bruising.

Wound care:

  • Shower as normal, gently pat dry with clean towel and apply paraffin/Vaseline.
  • Always wash hands before attending to wounds.
  • Resume normal activities as you feel able.

When to seek medical advice:

Contact your Doctor or Hospital if:

  • You notice any redness, warmth, swelling or pus-like discharge.
  • You develop a fever.

If you have had general anaesthetic or sedation:

The drugs used may still be in your system.

You must make sure you have a responsible adult to care for you at home after the procedure.

Until the following morning you should not:

  • Drive a vehicle, ride a bicycle or operate machinery
  • Make any important decisions
  • Sign legal documents
  • Drink alcohol