Preparing for any kind of surgery is about making sure your experience is as comfortable as possible. Because of this, there are a number of preparations which are an important part of the pre-surgery process. You should always seek professional advice on your personal preparation, but here are some general tips which apply to the majority of patients who are preparing for vasectomy reversal surgery.
– For a period of two weeks preceding your surgery, it is recommended that you steer clear of taking products containing aspirin. It is also advised that you avoid anti-inflammatory medication – this includes ibuprofen – for a one week period ahead of your surgery. The reason for this is the blood clotting prevention function these medicines have, meaning they can increase the possibility of bleeding occurring during the surgery, or after it.
– If your medical requirements mean you are obliged to take aspirin, you should contact us for a discussion about why you are taking this and how long you need to stop taking your aspirin prior to surgery. It should be noted that paracetamol is considered completely safe before surgery.
– If you are taking warfarin, then you need to contact us directly to explain why you are taking warfarin and we can discuss with you a plan to enable you proceed to have surgery.
– If you are taking any other medication, please contact us to double check that it is safe to continue to take as normal on the day of surgery. Blood pressure and cholesterol medication are considered safe to take. However, it is important that your blood pressure is within normal parameters and has been recently measured. If you readings have a tendency to be raised when anxious, please bring 3 reading taken by your nurse or doctor to reassure us what they should be.
– Having a bath or shower on the evening preceding surgery is recommended, as is the case for most surgical procedures. You should shave your scrotal area before surgery, either the night before or on the morning of the day your surgery is scheduled. This should include the full area of the scrotal sac, extending to the groin areas on either side of the penis, and the penis itself. The pubic area directly above the penis does not need to be shaved. This procedure should be done no more than 24 hours before the surgery.
– Ensure your stomach is empty before surgery, for a time of 6 hours or more before your surgery is scheduled. This is to leave your stomach free from food although you can have clear sips of fluids up to 4 hours prior to your appointment time and then you need to be Nil by Mouth. Also, please avoid chewing gum as this can stimulate the secretion of gastric acids. This is a very important part of pre-surgery preparations and your allotted surgery time can be cancelled and scheduled for another day if you have eaten or drank within the cut off time.
If you have questions about preparing yourself for surgery, please do contact us.