Vasectomy Preparation Tips
So you’re scheduled for a vasectomy. You can get ready for it not experiencing any stress or anxiety? 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.
The following tips should help you as you prepare for your vasectomy:
Seven Days Prior
Beginning seven days prior to the procedure, do not take anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin. These thin your blood and and raise the risk of bleeding. But you can take other pain relievers such as acetaminophen.
Besides aspirin, you are also supposed to avoid Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) completely, such as diclofenac, naproxen and ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is okay as it has no effect on bleeding risks during or after surgery.
In case you actually took aspirin or any of those prohibited drugs the week before your schedule, the doctor may refuse to perform the surgery. If you don’t want any complications, it’s a must that you be totally honest about this. If you are medically required to to take any of those medicines, make this known to your surgeon.
Two Days Before
Vasectomy requires you to avoid alcohol for 48 hours immediately preceding and succeeding 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 hygienic reasons (hair can carry bacteria that can contaminate the surgical area)Shaving prior to a vasectomy is a must in order to improve visibility and maintain good hygiene (hair can harbor microorganisms that may contaminate the surgical site). Do it as you shower though (dry shaving can irritate the skin).Your doctor can go ahead and do the procedure whether you shave or not, but it’s important that you do for your own benefit.
Date of Surgery
On the day of the procedure, make it a point to wear supportive underwear. Those boxer shorts won’t cut it as they cannot provide the support needed. 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 a good breakfast! And it’s good to arrive just a little bit earlier for your appointment. You can use the extra time to just settle and probably ease any tensions or nervousness that you may have felt while driving to the hospital or doctor’s clinic.