If you're planning on having a vasectomy, your doctor has probably talked to you about the procedure. They've probably also given you your after-care instructions. Once you've had your vasectomy, it's important that you follow those instructions. In addition to those instructions, here are a few tips that will help you prepare for the recovery period.
Take the Pressure Off Your Testicles
After your vasectomy procedure, you're going to experience some pain and discomfort. Part of that pain will be caused by pressure being exerted on the ligaments that hold your testicles in place. To alleviate the pain, you should wear a jockstrap for at least the first few days after surgery. You can stop wearing the jockstrap when standing doesn't cause a pulling sensation, or pain, in your testicles.
Have Plenty of Ice Packs Ready
Your testicles are going to be extremely tender after the procedure. You'll also experience quite a bit of swelling in the region. Unfortunately, the swelling can lead to additional pain, and make it difficult for you to sit down. To help relieve the discomfort, and reduce the swelling, be sure to have plenty of ice packs on hand. Chunks of ice may be painful to place on your testicles, so you might want to make a few of your own ice packs in advance. All you'll need will be one-gallon sized resealable plastic baggies, water, and rubbing alcohol. Pour two cups of water and one cup of rubbing alcohol into each baggie, seal them up, and place them in the freezer. Leave your ice packs in the freezer until you need them. One benefit of this type of ice pack is that the rubbing alcohol prevents the water from freezing to a solid state. Instead, it will freeze to a soft slush, which will be more comfortable on your tender testicles.
Keep the Surgical Site Clean
After your surgery, you won't be able to bathe for a few days. However, you will need to keep the surgical site clean. First, keeping your surgical site will help prevent post-operative infections. Second, keeping the area clean will help prevent foul odors from developing. To keep the surgical site clean, take a shower, and use a mild soap to clean the area. Rinse well and gently pat yourself dry with a clean towel. If you notice an extreme foul odor developing, use a mirror to look at the surgical site. If you can see blood coming from the wound, contact your doctor as soon as possible. You could have an infection that will need to be treated.Share
25 July 2017
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