For the procedure, a urologist goes into the scrotum with their scalpel, does their magic on the vas deferens, and sends the patient home, as it’s an outpatient procedure. In a nutshell (pun intended), the doctor finds the vas deferens and uses small clamps to pull out a bit of the anatomy. With a swift slice, the vas deferens is rendered useless, and the open ends are sutured together.
There is also a no-scalpel vasectomy where stitches aren’t required, as no incisions are made. And yes, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Basically, a hemostat (to prevent blood flow) is used as the doctor punctures the skin to expose the vas deferens. The no-scalpel and scalpel options result in the same outcome, it’s just the way the vas deferens is accessed. Additionally, there are fewer infections, blood clots, and other complications when a no-scalpel vasectomy is performed.
But what about the aftermath? Here’s what you need to know about vasectomy recovery.
Prepare For Post-Vasectomy Soreness
Anything done “down there” that’s not pleasurable or pee-related is going to hurt. Expect mild pain, swelling, and even some bruising in the genital area, but that should go down in a couple of days. You can dull the pain with an ice pack. You can also take pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease your discomfort.
Most importantly, get plenty of rest and don’t overexert yourself. They’ll be plenty of time to get back to your workouts and what-not once your junk is in better shape. No heavy lifting or strenuous activities. Physical activity can take a back seat for a stretch. Now’s the time to be pampered, so milk it to the max.
Your doc will likely suggest wearing tight underwear or even a jockstrap or other type of athletic supporter to keep things “together,” holding the stitches in place and protecting the area from flopping around the first week. Tighty whities or boxer briefs can do the job. Be sure to keep the area clean and look out for infection. If anything seems off, contact your doc.