Call Dr. Leverett if you have any concerns. You may e-mail with any questions, however, please don’t wait for an e-mail if you are having any problems.
Take 800 mg Ibuprofen (Advil) every 4-6 hours for the first 24 hours. After that take as needed (unless you are taking a prescription pain medication).
You may take a shower after surgery. You may take a bath the day after surgery. Do not get into a swimming pool or a hot tub for 2 days after surgery.
The outside stitches will dissolve between 15-20 days. However, you can remove them after 1 week if they are irritating. If they fall out at any time, this is NOT a problem.
Bleeding will occur for 36 to 48 hours after surgery. There is the possibility of very light bleeding for 2 weeks. You do not need to use sterile gauze to keep the bleeding off of your clothing. Toilet paper is fine. Bleeding should never be heavy.
The purpose of the brief underwear or an athletic support is to hold the bandages next to the scrotum to keep blood off your clothing. You do not need to wear this support after 48 hours if you do not want to. Wear what is most comfortable for you.
There will be some swelling and bruising after surgery. Bruising may extend up the shaft of the penis. This is normal. Dr. Leverett does not ask you to use ice because of the pain associated with icing the scrotum. However, you may use an ice pack if you desire (a bag of frozen peas often molds to the area well and can be easily reused). If you are concerned about the amount of swelling, call Dr. Leverett.
Infections are rare. However, call Dr. Leverett if redness, swelling, tenderness, fever, or oozing of pus from the incision occurs.
It is very important to limit your physical activity after the procedure, especially the first day. Normally, you will feel like going back to work within a week. However, there is considerable variability concerning this, and some return to work after only a few days. Return to LIGHT activity as you feel able.
1. No sexual activity for 15 days.
2. No heavy lifting (over 15-20 lbs.), exercise routines, running, or sports for
3. Do NOT use Neosporin or a like product on the wound.
ANSWERS TO FAQ
Only healthy sperm will fertilize an egg. There is NO need to be concerned about old sperm that has not cleared through the system.
It is possible to have a small amount of occasional discomfort for up to a year after surgery.
If you are not pregnant in 4 months, have a semen analysis done at your local lab using the prescription given to you the day of surgery (call if you need a new one). You do not need to see another doctor for this. The lab will fax the results to Dr. Leverett, and he will call with the results. For this reason, make sure to let us know if your phone number changes. We recommend waiting 4 months because if you give yourself a chance to get pregnant, there may be no need for the trouble and expense of having this done. Also, waiting a few months may give a more accurate result.
Many people are concerned because they had intercourse before 15 days, had an ejaculation during their sleep, or may have done something more physical than they should have. Do not let it worry you. These are precautionary measures. DO what you can to follow them, but do not let a mistake be too upsetting. There is simply no way of knowing whether or not you have caused any damage. Some people do everything right and do not have a successful surgery; whereas, others make mistakes and still have success.