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

Shaving the Scrotum Before Surgery

Shaving the scrotum prior to surgery is important to reduce the risk of infection. Many men are anxious about this preparation, or uncertain about the technique. Here”s some tips to help.

The Area to Shave

scrotal shave areaSurgery involves making two horizontal incisions, one on each side, on the front of the scrotum, about 1 inch long each, and 1/2 to 1 inch below the penis. The area to be shaved is the front and sides of the scrotum, the shaft of the penis (especially the underside and the sides), and a small area on either side of the penis, about 1/2 inch onto the inguinal (groin) area. It is not necessary to shave the pubic area — the area above the penis.


The Technique

  • Avoid electric razors as they tend to pull the hair follicles, leaving razor burn.
  • Trim any hair in the area to shave with a scissors or beard trimmers to a length of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch (shorter is better), This will make shaving much easier.
  • Take a hot shower or bath before beginning shaving, washing the genital area well. Your hair will be softer and easier to remove. Shaving in the shower is also a good idea if your light is good enough.
  • Use a new, high-quality razor, multiple blades are better. Don”t skimp on cheap or dull blades!
  • Lather the area well with shaving soap or gel, avoiding mentholated products as they will irritate the skin.
  • The key to shaving the scrotum without nicks or cuts is to stretch the skin taught. This is done with the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand (i.e., the left hand if you are right-handed). Use a light touch and multiple light strokes rather than a single firm stroke as you would on your face. Good lighting is important.
  • Rinse well and dry the area gently.
  • Apply a non-alcohol moisturizing product such as aloe vera gel or a moisturizing hand lotion when you are done.

Small nicks are not a risk for surgery but may increase the skin irritation during healing.

NEVER use hair removal creams (e.g. Nair) as they are extremely irritating to the delicate skin of the scrotum.


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Our family now has 7 blessings, 3 of which you had a very special part in. Thank you!
G.S., Alaska
A child is God''s most precious gift. We joyfully announce the birth of our son.
J.C., Idaho
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
Thank you again for making possible the blessings God had in store for us in the way of children ...
T.P., Minnesota
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
Thank you for helping our dreams come true.
J.W., Atlanta
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