Our team is available to you anytime for questions or concerns you may have after your no-scalpel vasectomy procedure.

Please follow your doctor’s instructions for post vasectomy care in order to speed healing and recovery.

After your vasectomy, you should go home and rest for the remainder of the day and evening.

Minimize any kind of activity.

Some men have no pain at all while many others have aches in the groin. 

Please plan on being a couch potato for the first two days after your vasectomy

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Patient Instructions Post Procedure

 
  1. On the same day of your vasectomy, you should go home and rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure. Minimize any kind of activity. Some men have no pain at all while many others have mild aches in the groin like being kicked in the nuts or abdomen. The normal healing time after vasectomy ranges from 1 to 3 weeks, with an average of about 14 days.
  2. You will have only one small wound less than 1 cm after your procedure. It may be anywhere from the base of your penis to anywhere on your scrotum. A thin layer of skin glue is applied and will peel off after just a few hours to a few days. A little bleeding from the wound is normal.
  3. You may take a daily shower the next day.
  4. For the first 48 hours, take 2 tablets of extra-strength Tylenol every 6 hours and ice the area regularly (30 min on, 30 min off) whenever you can. 
  5. After 48 hours (on day 3), take 2 tablets of 200mg Ibuprofen (400mg total) every 8 hours no matter how good you feel as this will reduce the post-surgical inflammation. Do this for a minimum of five days. You may continue up to two weeks if desired. If you get side effects, then of course stop the pills.
  6. For the first week, avoid sex, physical labor or any exercise. Also avoid lifting more than 15 lbs (including babies or children) in the first week. After one week, when pain and tenderness are minimal, you may return to your usual activity starting at ½ the intensity of your usual workout. 
  7. It is normal to have some discoloration of the skin (blue and black) around the puncture site a few days after your vasectomy. This will gradually go away.
  8. Some men will develop swelling and tenderness on one side or both after a few days or up to 3 months after a vasectomy. This is usually due to an exaggerated inflammatory response that is often normal and necessary for sperm recycling and re-absorption. It is managed effectively with Ibuprofen 600mg 3 times a day for 7 days. You might also notice a lump on each side of your scrotum (sometimes up near the abdomen or pelvis) after your vasectomy for the next few weeks – that is the surgical site where we cut and sealed your vas. It usually feels like a knot the size of a pea and may swell to the size of a marble and be tender for a few weeks after the procedure but then becomes smaller and non-tender.
  9. At 3 months, conduct your semen analysis as outlined below. Call Lifelabs two months in advance to book your test. Continue birth control until our doctors review your test result. Call Pollock Clinics 5 days after your test to go over the results of your semen analysis together. Most men are cleared after 1 test however some men will take longer than 3 months.
  10. You will want to achieve 20 ejaculations within the first three months of your vasectomy to flush out the existing sperm in your reproductive tract.

After your vasectomy, you should go home and rest for the remainder of the day and evening.

Post-Vasectomy Semen Testing

Because you are not sterile right after your vasectomy, temporary birth control is needed until a follow-up semen analysis confirms that no sperm are present. You will be given instructions on how to get your sperm tested.

Locations of all labs are available here.

Testing can be done at LifeLabs only.

Confirm Vasectomy Effectiveness

After a minimum of three months and 20 or more ejaculations you must get your semen tested.

The chance of a sperm passing through the blockage in the sperm tubes is extremely small, especially once the sperm tubes are cut, cauterized and then separated by the fascial sheath barrier, but failure is possible.

The incidence of failure varies with the skill and experience of the surgeon and with the approach used to block the tubes. It is for this reason that testing semen samples is essential.

We are pleased to report that the vasectomy technique we use, over many thousands of surgeries, has demonstrated an outstanding success rate with a very low complication rate.

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Semen Test Preparation

Please abstain from sex for two days before you collect your specimen.

Call the Lab

Please call the Lifelabs location of your choice to confirm they can accept your semen analysis and book an appointment (they may send you to a different lab). Call Lifelabs two months before your required test date to book. When dropping off your sample, you must bring your lab forms with you or they will not accept your sample.

Collect the Sample

Collect the semen by masturbation directly into a sealed, sterile specimen container. If you lose a portion of the semen, throw the container out and collect your specimen at another time. If you’ve misplaced the container, please get another one – ask for a urine analysis container. Please do not use any other type of container.

 
 

Drop it off

Close the container tightly. Label it with your first and last name, date of birth, plus the date and time you produced the sample. Deliver your specimen to the laboratory immediately (within 30 minutes) after collection, keeping the container warm in your pocket or next to your body en route.

Follow up with Pollock Clinics

Five days after dropping off your specimen, please call us to receive your results at 604-717-6200, option 3, and ask to
speak to one of our assistants.

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