Recovery After Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

"What is the expected recovery after vasectomy reversal surgery?" is a question we are commonly asked at ICVR. The specific guidelines for recovery after vasectomy reversal any patient are customized to what we find, the vasectomy reversal techniques performed, your lifestyle and occupation. Obviously recovery after an easy first time vasectomy reversal for a computer programmer is different than after a complicated redo vasectomy reversal for a firefighter.

Pain free. The good news is that at ICVR, most men don’t even ask for a single Tylenol in their recovery. We see so many men who come to us for failed vasectomy reversals elsewhere, telling stories of horrible pain during and afterwards. Because of Dr. Marks and Burrows commitment to unhurried precise microsurgery, using plenty of long-acting local anesthetic numbing medication, it is extremely rare for any patient to tell us about any serious pain or discomfort.

House arrest is important for 48 to 72 hours. To allow the tissues to heal, especially immediately after your vasectomy reversal, it is essential that you plan to stay in the hotel or go home for the first 2 to 3 days. This way you are far more likely to have an uneventful and even pleasant recovery after vasectomy reversal. Most men tell us they know that they had surgery, but that they feel mostly a fullness or pressure.

First 2 weeks. Once you get past the first 3 days, then it is usually acceptable to begin most normal activities or return to work. Your specific instructions for recovery after your vasectomy reversal will be customized by Dr. Marks or Burrows to reflect the specifics of your reversal and your occupation. What works for one patient may not be best for you. There are no standard "one size fits all instructions".

Limitations on certain activities. Obviously any activity you perform, whether for work, sports or recreation will need to be discussed directly with your surgeon to provide the most uneventful recovery after vasectomy reversal. This will also insure your best chances for a successful vasectomy reversal. We routinely ask our patients to avoid any extremely heavy lifting or straining for a full 4 to 6 weeks to allow the delicate tissues and blood vessels to heal. 

Sexual activity. The exact amount of time you will be asked to abstain from sexual activity of all kinds will depend on what we find and what we do. It can be as quick as 14 days or as long as 21 days. Your specific situation will be dictated by your particular needs.

International Center for Vasectomy Reversal, PC, Physicians & SurgeonsMedicalM.D., Tucson, AZ