When men believe to be "finished" about having children, they undergo vasectomy, which is a surgical procedure that prevents the sperm from entering the semen. After a while, many of these men change their minds about their decision on not having children again. Once they have decided to have more children, they go to a doctor to have the vasectomy procedure reversed.
The risks and complications that come with a vasectomy reversal procedure are uncommon. However, before going under the knife to have the vasectomy reversed, it is important to make yourself aware of the possible complications that may happen.
You should be aware that any type of surgery comes with a certain degree of risk. Any invasive procedure that cuts through the flesh poses risks that you may not want to experience. Although vasectomy reversal is considered as a "low-risk" procedure compared to other surgeries, it is best to consult a physician first.
One of the complications that may possibly occur after a vasectomy reversal is bleeding. This may cause hematoma, or "collection of blood" in layman's term. The hematoma usually happens in a man's scrotum, which eventually causes swelling and pain in the area. Although it is rarely serious, it can cause much pain and discomfort. This can be avoided by making sure that the doctor who will be doing the procedure is expert in the field and by following the instructions that the doctor advises the patient.
It is also possible to have an infection after a vasectomy reversal procedure. Infection occurs to 5% of patients that undergo the procedure. Luckily, there are treatments such as antimicrobial creams and antibiotics. Proper hygiene and following the after-surgery instructions will prevent infections from getting worse.
Another complication that may occur after a vasectomy reversal is swelling and pain. Some men experience body aches but this is considered as a normal reaction of the body due to the strong shots of anaesthesia. Doctors prescribe pain medications to their patients for them not to experience the pain right after the surgery. However, this pain may subside after a few days. In some cases where complications are worse, the pain does not go away until after a month or a few weeks. If this is the case, you need to go to the doctor for further medical advice.
Some of the medications that are used to alleviate the pain after the procedure are Aspirin and Ibuprofen. However, it should be approved by the surgeon because depending on the individual, it can cause more pain and bleeding. Ibuprofen will help a male speed up his recovery time and eliminate any swelling, soreness and pain that he is experiencing. To alleviate the pain on the crotch, a scrotal support is used for a month right after surgery. The patient is also advised to stop any kind of physical activity that may only worsen his pain.
Probably the worst complication after a vasectomy reversal procedure is when the nerves and blood vessels are damaged. If the damages are severe, it can lead to permanent impotence. Some males may also experience difficulty in sexual functions and erectile dysfunction. As a result, the sperm count becomes lower and they totally lose the chance to impregnate another woman again. According to a study, ten percent of men who undergo a vasectomy reversal experienced reduced sperm counts.