Tips to Help You Prepare for Vasectomy
So you’re scheduled for a vasectomy. It’s possible to prepare for it stress and anxiety-free. This should begin weeks before the actual procedure. It’s also wise to schedule it on a Thursday or Friday so you have all weekend to recover. Most probably, unless there are complications, you can get back to work the first Monday or Tuesday following the procedure.
Here are tips that can help you prepare well for your vasectomy:
A Week Before
Seven days before before the surgery, you shouldn’t take any aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines. These are blood thinners, which means they can increase your risk of bleeding. But you can take other pain relievers such as acetaminophen.
Aside from aspirin you must also avoid Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac. Acetaminophen is okay as it has no effect on bleeding risks during or after surgery.
Note that if you did take aspirin or any other other anti-inflammatory drugs a week before the scheduled surgery, the doctor may refuse to perform it. It is crucial to be hones about this if you don’t want any complications. In case you have a medical requirement to take any of those medicines, tell your doctor so you can make some arrangement.
Two Days Before
You are supposed to avoid alcohol for 48 hours immediately before and immediately after the surgery. Two days before the procedure, you are also expected to wash and shave your scrotum. Shaving before a vasectomy is necessary to improve visibility and also for for hygiene purposes, considering that the surgical site may be contaminated by bacteria on hair. Wet shaving is advised against dry shaving, which can cause skin irritation.While a doctor can still do the procedure without you shaving, you have to do it for your own benefit.
On the Day of Surgery
Supportive underwear is a must on the day of your surgery. Not those boxer shorts, which cannot provide the necessary support. You should also wear clothes that you’re comfortable in. Choose pants you won’t mind getting stained with iodine.
Wear a shirt that’s light and loose as well, in case it gets too warm for you in the room during the operation. This room is actually supposed to be warm because it makes the scrotum relax and the procedure easier to do. Again, this is a time when you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible so don’t wear anything too thick or heavy.
Finally, have a lovely breakfast. And of course, it’s good to come a bit earlier for your appointment. You may need time to settle and ease any nervousness that you may have been feeling on your way to the doctor’s office or hospital.