Pain could be mild to moderate and patients may experience swollen, achy testicles for a week or so after the procedure. Physicians recommend lying down for six to eight hours after the surgery and keeping an ice pack on the incision.
In the five days after surgery, patients should continue using ice packs to limit swelling, rest as much as possible and avoid heavy lifting and exercise. A small, bloody discharge from the incision site is normal. The patient should be able to resume normal activities, including sex, within three weeks.
A vasectomy reversal is a more complex procedure than a vasectomy and it might not be covered by health insurance. The following complications might occur a few days after surgery:
- Hematoma: Though rare, a small blood vessel may leak in the scrotum, forming a clot. A small clot will probably dissolve with time, but a larger one may require reopening and draining the scrotum.
- Infection: Signs of infection include fever, chills, redness, and swelling around the incision site.