Postoperative Care after Vasectomy

Rest and limited mobility are required for 1 to 3 days following the vasectomy procedure to reduce swelling and to allow the vas deferens to heal. Most men lie on their back with their feet elevated. Although it is not necessary to remain immobile, excessive motion, lifting, and excessive walking increases the chance for inflammation and bleeding in the scrotum.

Moderate discomfort is normal for a week or more. Anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription painkillers may be used. Ice packs applied 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off can minimize swelling. Strenuous exercise and lifting should be avoided for a few days or longer if it causes pain or discomfort. The degree of discomfort should dictate activity, as overexertion can postpone healing and a return to normal routine. It may take a week before erection and ejaculation is comfortable.

It may be necessary to keep the incisions dressed for a few days to control bleeding from the healing incisions. Showering is usually allowed, but soaking and swimming should be avoided until the sutures have dissolved.

Publication Review By: Barton H. Wachs, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Published: 14 Jun 2009

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015