What are the Complications of a Vasectomy Reversal?


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A vasectomy reversal is considered a safe surgery, and complications are rare.  Your surgeon will discuss all of the potential complications with you before you undergo the procedure. 

  • Allergies to anaesthetic
  • Bleeding – your surgeon can use drains to ensure the blood leaves the area
  • Infection – like any surgery there is always a risk of infection.  This can be treated with early diagnosis and antibiotics
  • Blood clots caused by excessive bleeding
  • Prolonged pain – sometimes the nerves within the scrotum can become damaged during surgery.  This is likely to require further treatments.
  • Testicular atrophy – damage to the blood vessels in the testes that can have long term effects It is very rare that there are any complications with a vasectomy reversal procedure, and there are things that you can do to help cut out risk during the surgery.  Smoking seriously affects your healing process, and ought to be stopped a week before the surgery, and you shouldn’t start again for as long as possible afterwards. 

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