Surgeries Tips for The Average Joe
Vasectomy Preparation Tips
So you’re scheduled to have a vasectomy. It’s possible to prepare for it stress and anxiety-free. 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. 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 are blood thinners that can increase bleeding risks. 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.
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. It is crucial to be hones about this if you don’t want any complications. If you have a medical requirement to take any of those medications mentioned above, discuss it with 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). You’d like to do it while you’re showering though as dry shaving can irritate your 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
On the day of your surgery, be sure to wear supportive underwear. 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 shirt that’s light and loose as well, in case it gets too warm for you in the room during the operation. This room will actually be quite warm because the heat is needed to relax the scrotum and make the procedure easier for your surgeon. 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 remember, it’s good to arrive a little earlier for your appointment. You may need time to relax and settle, especially if you’ve been feeling nervous on your way to the hospital or doctor’s office.