Before the Procedure
Avoid all aspirin and aspirin-containing products (such as Bufferin, Excedrin, Alka Seltzer) for five days before vasectomy. Also stop ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories two days before vasectomy. Herbal remedies containing garlic or ginseng should be stopped for one week and ginkgo biloba for 36 hours. You may use Tylenol at any time.
You should stay on clear liquids on the day of your procedure. Some men can become nauseated from the sedatives and it is best to have an empty stomach.
When to Schedule
We perform most of our procedures on Thursday or Friday so that you can have the weekend to recover. For those that have active hobbies, such as running or cycling, it is important that you don’t schedule your vasectomy when you are most anxious to get back to your work-out regimen. Although most men are fully recovered in two days, it is wise to keep your activity fairly light for about a week to maximize healing.
We ask that all patients shave their entire scrotum from the penis downward. Shaving the hairs will make the procedure go much more smoothly and doing it in the office can be especially messy. It’s usually best to do this the night before in the bath/shower – you might be nervous on the day and slip! Use wet shaving, and get a safety razor if you can. Safety razors are available at no cost from our office if picked up prior to the appointment, as using an electric razor can cause a shaving rash, causing doctors to delay the surgery.
What to Bring
All men wanting to have some form of sedation during the procedure (highly recommended) will need a ride home and a known person to pick them up. This is for your safety and it is especially important to have someone stay with you if you choose to have IV sedation. Although rare, some patients may respond to the sedatives with excessive sleepiness and difficulty breathing, well after the procedure is completed.
What to Wear
We recommend wearing loose-fitting comfortable pants, a jock strap without a cup and shoes that are easy to put on. Sedation can make it difficult to put on pants or shoes. Wearing a jock strap after the procedure is crucial in reducing swelling and pain. Tight fitting underwear is not an alternative to a jock strap.