What is included in post-operative care following a no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV)?

Updated: Jan 19, 2016
  • Author: M David Stockton, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The patient should lie supine as much as possible during the first 24-48 hours after the procedure and apply ice to the underwear or athletic supporter covering the scrotum intermittently for the first 24 hours. The patient or his partner should call the doctor if excessive bleeding, swelling, pain, or discharge from the puncture site occurs. A prescription for a nonaspirin analgesic with or without a narcotic is provided. Follow-up instructions include emphasis of the necessity for adequate contraceptive use until a negative semen analysis is obtained, plus instructions for proper collection of the postprocedure sample.

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