Vasectomy Reversal After The Procedure
Bleeding after surgery is the most common complication, although it is very rare. Usually the bleeding stops by itself, but may cause some swelling and lengthen recovery time.
Infections occasionally develop. You should report to your doctor right away if you develop any fever, or if your incision becomes red, swollen, hot, or painful.
A hematoma (bruise) may occur if there is excessive bleeding under the skin. You may experience a throbbing pain and a bulging at the incision. Your doctor should be notified.
The scrotal area will be swollen and discolored following your procedure. The discomfort that you experience will probably be about the same as you experienced with your original vasectomy operation. Your doctor will recommend a pain killer. Ice packs applied off and on to the scrotal area will be helpful in decreasing pain and swelling. A scrotal support may be worn after surgery.
Usually 48 hours after surgery you may resume showering and light activity. Your doctor will probably recommend that you not do any heavy lifting or have intercourse for about three weeks.
To allow for the recovery of the sperm transport mechanisms, your doctor will wait four weeks for a semen analysis. Each three or four months after that another semen analysis may be taken until pregnancy occurs.
Analyzing your semen will help your doctor determine if scarring has occurred, which may block the tubes and prevent sperm passage. This happens in about three to six percent of patients.
If sperm have not appeared in your semen after six months for a vasovasostomy or 18 months for a vasoepididymostomy, the reversal has failed. You may choose to repeat the procedure. Successful pregnancies are achieved in about 25 to 35% of repeat vasectomy reversals.