Tips to Help You Prepare for Vasectomy
So you’re scheduled for a vasectomy. You can prepare for it without feeling stressed out or anxious. You should begin at least several weeks before the date of the surgery. It’s also wise to schedule it on a Thursday or Friday so you have all weekend to recover. Unless there are complications, you will probably be able to return to work Monday or Tuesday after the procedure.
The following tips should help you as you prepare for your vasectomy:
A Week Before
Beginning seven days prior to the procedure, do not take anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin. These are blood thinners that can increase bleeding risks. But you can take other pain relievers such as acetaminophen.
On top of aspirin, other medicines to be completely avoided are Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and diclofenac. Acetaminophen is allowed because it does not affect bleeding risks, whether 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. You are also expected to wash and shave your scrotum two days prior. 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. Those boxer shorts won’t cut it as they cannot provide the support needed. You should also wear clothes that you’re comfortable in. Choose pants you won’t mind getting stained with iodine.
Wear a light loose shirt as well, in case you start feeling warm while the procedure is being performed. 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.
Finally, have a lovely breakfast. And remember, it’s good to arrive a little 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.