• WHEN CAN I LEAVE THE HOSPITAL?

    Your condition will be checked by one of the IVF medical or nursing team to see if you have sufficiently recovered from your anaesthetic. We would need to know that you have passed urine comfortably, have been able to eat and drink without any nausea or vomiting, and that you are able to walk steadily without assistance.

  • ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD TAKE AFTER THE OPERATION?

    Although you will probably feel fine, judgement is impaired after an anaesthetic. You should therefore:

    • be driven home by your wife or other companion
    • avoid driving any motor vehicle, riding a bicycle, or operating any machinery including domestic appliances within 24 hours of the anaesthetic.
  • WHAT SHOULD EXPECT FOLLOWING SURGICAL SPERM RECOVERY?

    You should be able to leave hospital after the operation and resume full normal physical activities after 4-5 days. We would advise you to wear your scrotal support (jock strap) continuously for 48 hours after your operation to minimize discomfort and protect your scrotum and testis.

    The stitches that are used to repair any incisions made in your scrotum to gain access to your testis, will be dissolvable and will not usually need to be removed. However, if the stitches have not separated away after 14 days, we would advise you have them removed either in the treatment room at your local hospital or here in the IVF clinic. The free ends of your skin stitches will have been left long to simplify their removal if necessary. Most men will get some mild discomfort or aching for a couple of days. It is advisable to take simple painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen regularly, every six hours, for 48 hours after your operation.

  • WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS AFTER SURGICAL SPERM RECOVERY?

    The most common complications are infection or a hematoma (a collection of blood) within the scrotum. Both of these may cause pain usually within 2–4 days after the procedure. Infection will usually cause increasing tenderness and there may be cloudy discharge from around the dissolvable stitches in your scrotum. A hematoma will usually cause a swelling and deep purple discoloration but the risk of this is minimized by you wearing your scrotal support for 48 hours after your operation. If you suspect either of these problems is developing, you should contact the IVF clinic or your local emergency hospital immediately.

  • CAN I HAVE A BATH?

    Showers are fine. If you prefer a bath, then for the first seven days after your operation, kneel in a shallow bath, do not soak the wound.

  • OTHER INFORMATION

    During the first seven days after your operation if you go for a long walk, you should wear your scrotal support. Also during the first seven days avoid lifting and protect the wound.

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