INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING A VASECTOMY DONE BY DR LARRY BULL1. Plan to spend a quiet evening at home, reclining in bed or a lounge chair. Minimize activity.
2. We recommend routine Panadol or Nurofen post operative for pain relief
3. No need for ice packs.
4. On the day after the procedure, you may walk and drive as much as you like, but no sports, yard work, swimming, or heavy lifting. If your job is sedentary (office work or supervisor) you may return to work.
5. You may take a daily shower starting the morning after the procedure. Wear the scrotal support or very tight underwear whenever you are up and around for the next two days, during sports for the next 7 days.
6. Two days after the procedure, you may return to regular activities wearing your scrotal support or very tight underwear. Wait for more strenuous work like heavy gardening, or strenuous sports.
7. You may have sex 2 days after the procedure. It is common to have some blood in the semen for the first few ejaculations. Sometimes blood in the semen can occur for a few months after a vasectomy – no reason for concern. Use other forms of contraception until you are told that your semen is sperm free.
8. Since no excision is made, a follow up visit is not required; but if you have undue discomfort or any concern please call us.
9. It is normal to have some discolouration of the skin around the puncture site. Some men will develop considerable discolouration of the scrotum about 4 days after the vasectomy. Blood from the deep vasecton site comes to the surface as a purplish-blue mark, gets darker and spreads out like an oil slick, then gradually dissipates.
10. Some men (about one in 20) will develop swelling and discomfort on one or both sides, starting anytime from 3 days to 3 months following vasectomy. This usually represents an exaggerated form of the normal inflammatory response necessary for sperm absorption and recycling. It is best managed with a 3-5 day course of regular Ibuprofen or Panadol. Take it until the tenderness subsides, then add a day, but not more than seven days total.
11. After the vasectomy, at least 12 weeks and 20 ejaculations, you will be required to supply a semen specimen to provide to the Laboratory, then contact Dr Larry Bull for the results. Continue to use some other form of birth control/contraception. Vasectomy is not complete until you have a negative sperm result. You can still get your partner pregnant until you have a negative sperm result.
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