Risks of a Vasectomy


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A vasectomy is a very common, quick and simple procedure. Most men are able to return to work quickly after a brief period of rest. Complications during the procedure and subsequently are very rare, however it is important that you are making an informed decision about whether this operation is right for you. Therefore, you must be aware of the risks associated with this surgery.

There are very few side effects to a vasectomy however a small percentage of men have reported experiencing pain in the testicles after surgery. This does not refer to the common mild pain that you will inevitably feel for a few days following surgery. This pain, sometimes known as ‘post vasectomy pain syndrome’ should be discussed with your surgeon who will discuss with you your options, should this arise. Chronic pain can be lessened or removed entirely by further surgery. It must be stressed though, that this is rare.

Side effects of a Vasectomy

Some other complications associated with a vasectomy include:

  • Infection either inside the scrotum or at the incision mark.
  • Bleeding
  • Excessive bruising and/or swelling.
  • Inflammation (congestive epididymitis).
  • Natural recanalisation. This is when the tubes rejoin and making you fertile again.
  • Sperm leaking into the skin tissue and causing a lump. This is sometimes removed surgically but can be treated in different ways.
  • Possible link to dementia.
  • Fever
  • Psychological damage, for example, depression, anger, regret.

It is important that you do not wait if any of these side effects develop. You should have been given an emergency number should complications arise. Do not be afraid to use it, the consequences could be to your serious detriment.


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