If you are an athletic individual then it is completely understandable that you will want to return to exercise after vasectomy reversal. Some people find the two weeks after surgery to be a frustrating time. However, if you take your time and remain cautious, you can gradually begin to exercise again at a safe pace which will improve your vasectomy reversal success rate.
What exercise after vasectomy reversal is possible?
Firstly, it is strongly recommended by Mr Harriss that you avoid all forms of exercise for two weeks after undergoing a vasectomy reversal. From cycling to lifting heavy shopping, you should avoid any activity which will cause you to strain because they will place additional pressure on your wounds internally and jeopardise your rate of recovery. Similarly, you should avoid sitting in a fixed position for a prolonged period of time because this can cause stiffness and discomfort around your wound. Although it may seem frustrating to forego any activity, rest and recuperating within the first week after your procedure is actually the most beneficial course of action that you can take if you wish to return to exercise as soon as possible!
During the first two weeks following your vasectomy reversal you should continue to avoid any form of strenuous activity, including intercourse and ejaculation. By doing so, your internal wounds can continue to heal efficiently. After these two weeks have passed it is safe to begin participating in light, non-strenuous exercise such as walking. By steadily increasing the distance and pace that you walk each day you can support the blood circulation around your wound, ease any stiffness and discomfort that you may have been experiencing, and gradually improve your stamina levels following your vasectomy reversal.
After four weeks, those who wear harnesses at work and actively weight-lift for body building purposes can return to their normal routine. However, it is important that you remain extremely cautious upon returning to these types of strenuous exercise.Exercise after vasectomy reversal needs to be treated respectfully. For instance, avid weight-lifters should begin by carrying out upper body exercises to test your strength and comfort levels and only progress onto squats, dead-lifts and other lower body exercises when you feel comfortable. If you experience any pain or discomfort while doing so, you should stop immediately to avoid compromising your vasectomy reversal recovery. For these same reasons, we strongly advocate that you avoid participating in any straddle-based exercises such as horseback riding, cycling or riding motorbikes for at least 3-4 weeks following your procedure.
Fortunately, if you heed these words of caution you can gradually begin to return to your favourite forms of exercise. Although each person’s experiences may differ, as a rule we have found that within 2 -4 weeks, most people are able to return to their preferred forms of exercise after vasectomy reversal. Contact us if you have any particular questions about your lifestyle that you are concerned about.