How Long is the Recovery Time for a Vasectomy Reversal?

The recovery from a vasectomy reversal normally takes a few weeks.  Usually you will be able to leave hospital on the same day that the surgery is completed once you have passed water.  However, if drains are used to remove liquids and blood from the area then you will have to stay at hospital for 24 hours, or until these are removed.

Usually you will have dissolvable stitches to close the wound and these will disintegrate about a week after the surgery.  Surgical clips will need to be removed after two weeks.   

For a month after the procedure you will need to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.  After three months your doctor will check your sperm to see whether the vasectomy reversal has been successful.

Read more in the Vasectomy Reversal Information Guide »