Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversals

Robert U. Finnerty M.D. F.A.C.S.

Restoring the gift of life through microsurgical vasectomy reversal

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Shaving the Surgical Area

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

shaveArea Shaving the Surgical AreaSurgery involves making two 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 except for rough trimming prior to shaving, as they tend to pull the hair follicles, leaving razor burn.
  • Trim any hair in the area to shave with scissor or clippers 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.

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