An estimated 10% of all men suffer from chronic pain after having their vasectomy. This can be an acute or chronic problem which is some cases can be quite debilitating. Below are some testimonials from men who have had a vasectomy reversal for post vasectomy pain syndrome or testicular pain after vasectomy.
Some Success “After Testicular Pain” Testimonials
Another reason I’m writing today is that before Mr Harriss did my reversal I suffered a lot of pain. Mr Harriss asked me to let him know if the pain eased, well yes it has and it really feels like its back to normal, so once again please can you pass our gratitude on to Mr Harriss. As the operation was performed to treat PVPS I will ignore the general pain associate with surgery and concentrate on the post vasectomy painOverall it’s been a very slow but steady progress and I’m pleased to say (touch wood) that we moving in the right direction. The first month was very uncomfortable in the epididymis area and walking any significant distance 100m plus was difficult without pain, month two and three have seen steady progress with less and less pain and now only mild discomfort. The testicle is now pain free and lost its hard sensitive sensation and feels normal again and this happened in the first month. The testicle is also now unaffected by hot baths or any sexual activity. Any sexual activity is best at night as there is a prolonged recovery period of discomfort in the epididymis which is slowly shortening. In line with recommendations I commenced ejaculation after two weeks and have tried to continue on a daily pattern ( where possible) to flush out the congested bits and get the plumbing working, It’s difficult to maintain this level of enthusiasm so I need to know when it would be reasonable to cut back without upsetting the progress. I have seen no blood or noticeable change in the semen color or texture since the operation? The epididymis continues to remain prominent in size on the top of the testicle larger than I would suggest normal but can be touched without pain? This is only very noticeable in the bath or when very relaxed. The nerve pain in the legs, hips and across the stomach has receded and my general state of health has improved. This is a big improvement in my quality of life! The low intensity fever has gone away and my immune system appears to be returning to normal. PVPS can drain up to 50% of your energy level and this is no longer such an issue. Despite the positives I am not pain free and discomfort confined to the epididymis is still apart of everyday life but nothing like the months prior to the operation. If pain and discomfort was on a scale of 10 prior to the operation its now 3 or 4 and hopefully in the next few months will be 1 or 2. You did say 3 to 6 months but I think it may be more In retrospect did we choose the right option? Definitely yes from my point view I only wish I had elected for the reversal on the right side before removing the epididymis and then later the testicle. Would it be the right decision for otherPVPS sufferers? Unless there’s something else causing pain I would say generally yes. My fear continues to be that it hasn’t worked and the operation released enough pressure for a temporary respite now building up again or that the vas will become scarred and closes up again? Time will tell but I’m trying to be positive. Thanks for all you’ve done for me, you’ve given me hope which is more than I had before – chronic PVPS is a terrible disease. (J) Dear Mr Harriss, Following my reversal for persistent post vasectomy pain on 07/01/2014 I have had a very positive outcome from the surgery. My pain levels following surgery were dramatically lowered to only minor aching, when compared to the sometime very high pre reversal pain levels. I had a few problems with healing and took a minor wound infection 10 days after surgery in spite of trying to be very disciplined in wound care. I had antibiotics prescribed by my GP’s surgery and this resolved within a week however, with full wound closure by 6 weeks post surgery. The healing process was much less painful than the healing from the original vasectomy surgery wounds. I also had a semen analysis performed at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast via a referral by my GP which returned a positive count, I have only had this information from my GP’s surgery by telephone so have not had the precise numbers as yet.
Over period since the surgery I have had some general aching across my abdomen and also somewhat more with my scrotum, with the left side being most noticeable, which was previously the site of the most severe pain. However this aching is intermittent, possibly noticeable around twice a day and not something which at all impacts my quality of life, pain through intercourse has also thankfully ceased. The feelings of pressure and inflamation that were also present along with the pain have also now gone. On three occasions since the reversal I have taken a couple of paracetamol or ibuprofen for these aches. On one occasion from 29/04/2014 I had a spike in pain levels for around two days and took Naproxen and paracetamol together twice on two consecutive days, I had a bad cold at the time, which I have read other anecdotal accounts of having increased pain for some who have suffered pvps. This has since abated however.
I have been rebuilding my health and I am glad to have avoided any further use of 60/1000 Co-Codamol and similar strong painkillers. I was previously taking 8x paracetamol and 8x ibuprofen a day as a minimum, with Naproxen and Co-codamol being added as pain levels escalated. I have been rebuilding my health and fitness since the reversal and am building towards being able to run a 10K again within the next 5 weeks prior to our family summer holiday, while dropping off the excess weight gained during a difficult and painful year with my health.
The other problems I suffered with following the original vasectomy also seem somewhat improved, but that may be the passage of time as is often the case with vestibular problems. However being relieved of chronic genital pain could only make anyone feel a lot better in terms of their overall health. Overall I am very glad I proceeded with the reversal, the surgery has been a great success for me and I have had the best outcome I could have hoped for. Thank you for your excellent work, it has hugely improved my quality life when compared to the very difficult 11 months proceeding my reversal operation. (D.B.)