Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal
Robert U. Finnerty M.D. FACS
Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal
Robert U. Finnerty M.D. FACS

After Your Reversal Surgery

After Your Reversal Surgery

recovery signFor most patients, recovery from reversal surgery is smooth, comfortable, and uneventful. Nevertheless, it is important to follow certain guidelines to minimize your risk of discomfort or complications, and give your surgery the best chance for success.

The following guidelines are provided to help you recovery from your vasectomy reversal surgery. Please read and follow this advice carefully, and call us if you have any questions.

  • It is important to remain at bed rest for the first 48 hours after the procedure.
  • An ice pack should be applied to the scrotal area during this time, 20 minutes on and 40 minutes off. Avoid direct contact between the ice pack and the skin, however.
  • Some swelling of the scrotal area is normal for the first few weeks. Minor bruising of the skin is also common. If the swelling is severe and associated with increased pain or severe bruising, or if there is continued bleeding from the incisions, this should be reported to the doctor.
  • You may resume light activities after 48 hours. You should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, or prolonged standing for at least 14 days, and in some men with very physical jobs, a longer time is often needed.
  • You should avoid sexual activity of any kind for at least 14 days after the surgery. Failure to adhere to this may result in an unsuccessful surgical result.
  • Wear a scrotal support, support briefs, or snug-fitting Jockey shorts for 7-10 days.
  • The sutures (skin stitches) dissolve on their own, usually in about 10-14 days. A small amount of drainage is common, especially after 4-5 days, and occasional slight bleeding when the sutures come out. This will stop when the sutures are gone. If there is redness, swelling, or excessive drainage from the incisions, especially after 3-5 days, this should be reported to the doctor.
  • Avoid using topical antibiotic creams or ointments (such as Bacitracin, Neosporin, or triple-antibiotic cream. These are unnecessary and may actually increase the infection risk or cause allergic reactions.
  • You may shower after all bleeding from the incision has stopped. This is generally about 48-72 hours.

My husband had his vasectomy nearly 13 years before the reversal, which resulted in the birth of our daughter.
R.B., California
We wanted to share our delightful news with you. We were blessed with a beautiful baby daughter in October.
D.W, Oregon
My husband had a vasectomy reversal four and one-half years ago performed by Dr. Finnerty. Three and one half years after, we were able to conceive a child. Our daughter is such a constant joy in our lives.
C.J., California
Easter blessings to you and your family from us. We are having a special celebration and invite you to join us -- we celebrate the life of our new daughter.
C.K., California
We have been so excited about our new son and he has been such a joyous addition to our family ... Thank you so much for your devotion and belief in vasectomy reversal, we have been so blessed by our little guy. Of course, he can never take the place of our daughter who died, but he sure brings new joy to us ... Again, thank you for all you did! We have been so blessed....
M.M., Camas, WA
A little over 5 years ago, my husband and I flew from Chicago to your office to have his vasectomy reversed. We both want you to know how grateful we are -- to you, to your staff, and for your expertise. Since the surgery, we have had Michael (almost 4!) and Mary Jo (10 months) ... We feel it is important for you to know what a difference you made in our lives, and what an awesome grace it was to have you as our surgeon. Words cannot convey how much we appreciate what you have made possible for us -- we will be eternally grateful!
C. & K.P., Chicago
Our family now has 7 blessings, 3 of which you had a very special part in. Thank you!
G.S., Alaska
I am writing to send our heartfelt thanks to you for your expertise. On September 9th, you performed my husband''s procedure. Three weeks later, we conceived our first daughter. She was born exactly 43 weeks post-op. Since then, we have welcomed a son and also another daughter. We''ll always be grateful.
M.H., Vancouver, WA
Thank you for helping our dreams come true.
J.W., Atlanta
We were very excited to learn just before Christmas that the surgery was a success. We saved the news for out kids until Christmas Eve and what a blessing their reaction was, it couldn''t have been a better Christmas present! We do thank you so much for providing your services at realistic fees, we could never have done it had there not been options other than what we found locally.
T.S., California
The reversal surgery was a great success! We are sorry we didn''t contact you sooner. Thank you again for your willingness to provide such a special service for families.
M.F., California
My wife and I would like to give you and your staff a hearty "thank you" for the professionalism and care given us...following my son''s departure to our heavenly Father. Your calming manner and assurance that we had a reasonable chance at reattaching my vas deferens, which might allow us to get pregnant, was at fruition soon after our stay in Tacoma. 14 days following the procedure, my wife ... had become pregnant!. We lost our first son, and Dr. Finnerty, touched by God, enabled us to have another son ...
J.G., Washington
A child is God''s most precious gift. We joyfully announce the birth of our son.
J.C., Idaho
Thank you again for making possible the blessings God had in store for us in the way of children ...
T.P., Minnesota
Our child is a true gift from God. God bless you for turning my vasectomy around after 30 years with so much care and love. We will always love you.
J.C., Tennessee