I have a lot of swelling 5 days after vasectomy, and the area is extremely painful to touch. What should I do? Is something wrong?

I have a lot of swelling 5 days after vasectomy, and the area is extremely painful to touch. A light touch where the tube inside was cut feels like a 1,000-pound impact; it is extremely painful. What should I do? Is something wrong?

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

Excessive swelling is not normal but does happen from time to time. It is a result of small vessels around the vas deferens slowly leaking following a strain of some sort after the procedure. You should be off your feet as much as possible, elevate the scrotum over a rolled sheet and, if concerned, see your urologist. He may prescribe an antibiotic. In most cases, the swelling goes away with time and conservative measures.

Published on Jan 26, 2019

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

Excessive swelling is not normal but does happen from time to time. It is a result of small vessels around the vas deferens slowly leaking following a strain of some sort after the procedure. You should be off your feet as much as possible, elevate the scrotum over a rolled sheet and, if concerned, see your urologist. He may prescribe an antibiotic. In most cases, the swelling goes away with time and conservative measures.

Published on Jan 26, 2019


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