Health Tip: Recovering After Vasectomy

Don't overdo it for a few days

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you're scheduled for a vasectomy, you can expect some soreness for a few days after the procedure.

Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut offers these postoperative care tips:

  • Apply ice packs, covered with a towel, on and off during the first eight hours.
  • Rest in bed for at least one day and at home for a couple of days.
  • You can shower the day after the procedure.
  • Check with your doctor about wearing an athletic supporter.
  • Keep the area clean and dry, and cover the incision with clean gauze for three days.
  • A small amount of blood on the gauze pads is normal.

Call your doctor if you experience:

  • Excessive bleeding or if you have to change gauze pads more than three times a day.
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills.
  • Difficulty urinating.

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