Preparing for Your Vasectomy
So you’re scheduled for a vasectomy. You can prepare for it without feeling stressed out or anxious. You should start several weeks prior to the 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.
Below are tips that can help you get ready for your vasectomy:
Seven Days Prior
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 fine because it has no impact your risk of bleeding, both during and after the procedure.
Be aware that if you did take take any of those prohibited drugs within the week prior to your scheduled vasectomy, the doctor may postpone the operation. If you want to keep complications at bay, you have to be completely honest. 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
Within 48 hours before and after surgery, you are to avoid alcohol completely. Two days prior to the procedure, you should also wash and then 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. Do it as you shower though (dry shaving can irritate the skin).Your doctor can still perform the procedure even if you don’t shave, but this is important in performing a meticulous surgery.
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 also need to wear comfortable clothing. Choose pants that you’re okay to get some iodine on.
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 meant to be warm because the heat relaxes the scrotum and makes the surgery easier to do. Again, you have to be as comfortable as possible during this time so don’t wear anything heavy.
Lastly, have something you love for breakfast. And it’s good to arrive just a little 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.