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Vasectomy reversal is a surgery to reverse a vasectomy. Your doctor reconnected the tubes that were cut during a vasectomy.
After surgery, you may have some pain in your groin for 1 to 3 weeks. Your scrotum and groin may be bruised and swollen. This will go away in 1 to 2 weeks.
You will probably be able to return to work or your normal routine in 1 week. How long it takes depends on your job. If your job involves physical labour or lifting, it may take 2 weeks or more before you can go back to work.
You may need to wear snug underwear or compression shorts for 1 week, or as your doctor instructs you.
A reversal is most likely to work if it's done in the first 3 years after a vasectomy. Sometimes a reversal doesn't work. The vas deferens is a very narrow tube. It may become permanently blocked.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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