A Vasectomy is a safe and simple procedure with a short healing period. Most people recover from it in 8 to 9 days and don’t experience any discomfort beyond that. At the Ottawa Vasectomy and Infant Circumcision clinic, we always like to ensure our patients know everything there is to know about this procedure, and that includes the side effects. Here’s a look at what kind of side effects you can expect from getting a vasectomy in Ottawa or Gatineau:
1. Pain and Discomfort
You won’t experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure and for a short time after it. The local anesthesia will numb the surgery site and ensure you are pain-free on your ride home. However, you will experience some pain after the medication wears off. The discomfort can linger for the entirety of the recovery period but you should be relatively pain-free after the first week. OTC painkillers like ibuprofen can reduce discomfort.
You can expect some bruising and swelling near the scrotum after the procedure. This will fade away naturally without causing any complications. We recommend applying an ice-pack for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce discomfort. You can also take some OTC anti-inflammatory medicine if needed.
Bleeding or a hematoma is rare in no scalpel and no needles procedures. You might see some spots of blood but nothing too serious or concerning. If you experience some form of excessive bleeding from the surgical site, visit your doctor immediately.
Infections are also rare in no scalpel no needle procedures, but they can happen sometimes. The best way to avoid it is to follow the hygiene guidelines provided by your doctor. Keep an eye out for infection and visit the doctor immediately if you notice something unusual.
Long Term Side Effects of Getting a Vasectomy in Gatineau
In very rare cases, a vasectomy may have long-term side effects. While the risk is low, you still need to keep an eye on your recovery to ensure nothing goes wrong. Some of these side effects include:
• Chronic pain and discomfort, which happens in 1% to 2% of the men who undergo this procedure.
• Delayed surgical failure, where the divided van deferens grow back and join over time.
• Epididymitis or the inflammation of the epididymis gland.
• Vasovenous fistula, which is the pooling of multiple blood vessels.
If you have any questions or want to know more about getting a vasectomy in Gatineau or Ottawa, just get in touch with us at the Ottawa Vasectomy and Infant Circumcision clinic. You can call us or contact us through our online form. We also have an online registration form so you can make an appointment for your procedure.