If you’ve decided to have a vasectomy reversal, it’s important to know what the procedure involves and if there are any possible side effects. Most side effects resulting from reversing a vasectomy are temporary and mild, but other complications may arise in very rare cases. These are less likely to occur if you use an experienced surgeon, such as Mr Harriss at the Vasectomy Reversal Clinic in Nottingham.
When side effects do occur following a vasectomy reversal, this normally involves swelling, pain or bruising. If you experience any pain, this can easily be managed with painkillers, and is often similar to the type of pain you may have experienced following the vasectomy procedure itself. Ice packs can be placed on the scrotal area following surgery to reduce swelling and pain. The pain should ease after a few days, and patients can even return to work several days later. Most normal activities can be resumed within about three to four weeks.
Following vasectomy reversal, patients may also notice discolouration of the scrotal area. This is completely normal and is nothing to be alarmed about. Normal colour will return.
Many men who are considering a vasectomy reversal may worry that it will have effects upon potency or urinary function. If you use an experienced and reliable surgeon, this is not likely to be a problem.
Infection at the site of surgery, bleeding, artery or nerve injury, and fluid build-up are also possible complications following a vasectomy reversal, but again, the risks of these occurring reduce significantly when you use an experienced surgeon. If post-operative infection does occur, this can usually be treated with antibiotics. Severe complications that may require additional surgery are also very rare.
Occasionally, some people suffer slight side effects to having general anaesthetic, which may include feelings of nausea or headaches, but such symptoms are usually mild and temporary. Serious complications following anaesthesia are normally very rare.
There is always the risk that a vasectomy reversal might not work, but if you use an experienced surgeon such as Mr Harriss, your chances of success are much higher.