Risks of vasectomy reversal surgery

Side effects of vasectomy reversal are rare. Less than 1% of patients undergoing vasectomy reversal have any form of significant complication. Possible risks and complications include:

Wound haematoma

The most common complication is a collection of blood in the scrotum around the site of the operation. This is due to post-operative leaking of the microscopic blood vessels which are damaged at the time of the surgery. Wound drainage markedly reduces but does not completely eliminate this problem.


It is common for the scrotum to appear up to 2 times larger than normal after the operation due to tissue fluid engorging the area. This generally rapidly subsides.

Persistent post-operative pain

Substantial pain after vasectomy is uncommon although it can occur. Simple analgesics such as paracetamol (but not aspirin or ibuprofen) are recommended. Very rarely discomfort can persist for several weeks.


Infection is rare as prophylactic antibiotics are given during surgery. Should there be a marked swelling or pain after the operation, you should contact my office.

Deep venous thrombosis

With any surgical procedure it is possible to develop clots in the legs (deep venous thrombosis) that on rare occasions, can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolus).

Please contact my office if you have any concerns or if you think you may have developed a complication of surgery.

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Dr Robert Woolcott - Vasectomy Reversal Australia

30 years experience

  • More than 7000 microsurgical operations performed
  • Over 1000 vasectomy reversal procedures in last 5 years

Highly qualified

  • Honours degree in Medicine and Surgery
  • Certified sub-specialist in fertility microsurgery

Personal Care

  • Your vasectomy reversal operation is performed by me from start to finish
  • No trainee surgeons