A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure in which your surgeon cuts and closes off the tubes that deliver sperm from your testicles into your semen. Most vasectomies can be done in a urologist’s office. The procedure itself is quick, taking about 30 minutes or less.
Full recovery time is about eight to nine days for many people. Keep in mind this may vary depending on your individual perception of pain and ability for tissue healing.
It will take longer until you can ejaculate without sperm in your semen.
There are risks for every surgery. A sperm granuloma occurs in 15 to 40 percent of men who undergo vasectomy. A sperm granuloma is a mass that develops over time as a result of the body’s immune reaction to sperm leaking from the cut end of the vas. It is typically treated with an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. Post-vasectomy pain syndrome – This condition is thought to result from a buildup of fluid in the epididymis leading to a chronic dull ache in the testes.
Apply ice packs intermittently to the scrotum the night of your vasectomy and as much as possible the following day. Do not apply for more than 20 minutes at a time. Remove all dressings–except one or two clean gauze pads–from inside the athletic supporter after 24 hours.
As partners, you may need to support your partner after the surgery.