You will need to rest at the Hospital until the effects of the anaesthetic have passed and you may need pain relief to help with any discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off. You will usually be able to go home when you feel ready; however you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and you should ask a friend or relative to stay with you for the first 24 hours.
Your Consultant may advise that you wear supportive underwear to help relieve any discomfort. The nurse will give you some advice (e.g. caring for your healing wound, hygiene, bathing) before you go home. Your Consultant will offer you a date for a follow-up appointment.
The length of time your dissolvable stitches will take to disappear is usually about two weeks, but this can depend on what type you have.
It usually takes about seven to 10 days to make a full recovery from a vasectomy reversal, but this varies between individuals, so it’s important to follow your Consultant’s advice. If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
General anesthesia temporarily affects your coordination and reasoning skills, so you must not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery or sign legal documents for 24 hours afterwards.
You are advised to wear close-fitting, supportive underwear day and night, for three to four days after your operation. This will support your scrotum and help to ease any discomfort and swelling.
Don’t do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise during the first three weeks after your operation. Gentle walking can help improve your recovery. You can have a bath or shower but dry the area gently and thoroughly afterwards.
You won’t know if you are producing sperm when you ejaculate until your doctor has checked a sample of your semen. This is usually done three months after a vasectomy reversal. After having a vasoepididymostomy, it can take longer for sperm to appear in your semen, so you may need to have your semen tested every three months until sperm are seen.