Before and After a Vasectomy

When it comes to undergoing a vasectomy procedure, the pre-operative prep and aftercare are just as important as the procedure itself! Even though it’s a minimally invasive procedure that only takes about 30 minutes to complete, our physicians want to inform patients that before and after care should be completed in a fashion similar to a regular surgery. 

How to Prep for a Vasectomy

Before going into the procedure, the physician may ask the patient to avoid certain medications. This typically includes blood-thinning medication, but the physician will discuss the full list of prohibited medicines during the pre-operative appointment. In addition, the physician may ask the patient to avoid smoking in order to reduce the risk of intraoperative complications. Finally, patients will want to ensure that the area is well-cleansed before coming into our office.

Our physicians understand that preparing for a vasectomy is not just about going through the pre-operative instructions because mental preparations may be needed as well. It’s important that patients talk about this permanent form of birth control with their partners to make sure their families are truly complete. Men may also want to ease their fears by talking to friends or their physician about the procedure. In most cases, patients only feel a moment of pain as they are under local anesthesia, and swelling should go down in just a matter of days.

What to Expect After a Vasectomy

After a vasectomy, our physicians recommend about three days of rest. Pain and swelling may be managed with medication and ice, and supportive underwear may be worn as well.

As men are at home resting, they can expect to enjoy a Papa John’s pizza as they watch the basketball tournament! Affiliated Urologists is offering a pizza deal to men who schedule their vasectomy procedures during March Madness. That way, men can expect great daytime TV and mandatory rest – doctor’s orders!

Other than rest and watching the game, men may be surprised to learn that their lives post-vasectomy are actually quite similar to their daily lives before the procedure. Men still produce testosterone, they still ejaculate after sexual intercourse, the testicles appear the same once the swelling goes down, and much more. If patients have any concerns about changes following the procedure, our physicians will be happy to answer any questions.

Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or visit for instructions on scheduling an appointment.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material. 

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