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:
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.