I think my vasectomy incision is infected. Do I need to go to the ER or should I wait until Wednesday when my urologist opens?

I had a vasectomy about 17 days ago. I recently noticed a lump at the incision site. If I press it, white pus comes out. I also noticed yellow and red drainage in my shorts. There is no fever and I feel very little pain. The bump does seem to be getting smaller as it drains.

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

The fact that it is improving would indicate you do not need to go to the ER. This is probably what is called a "stitch abscess", or possibly a small hair is trapped beneath where the incision was made. What you have done to promote drainage may very well result in it healing. Sitting in an epsom salt bath and applying neosporin ointment may correct the issue. Of course, if there is not complete resolution, then certainly see the urologist. No spreading redness, no temperature, and that you are "getting better" indicate that there is no need for the expense or inconvenience of an ER visit.

Published on Jan 10, 2019

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

The fact that it is improving would indicate you do not need to go to the ER. This is probably what is called a "stitch abscess", or possibly a small hair is trapped beneath where the incision was made. What you have done to promote drainage may very well result in it healing. Sitting in an epsom salt bath and applying neosporin ointment may correct the issue. Of course, if there is not complete resolution, then certainly see the urologist. No spreading redness, no temperature, and that you are "getting better" indicate that there is no need for the expense or inconvenience of an ER visit.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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