Is it normal to have tenderness in the testicles one month after vasectomy reversal?

I had a vasectomy reversal March 30th and now I experience random tenderness in the testicles, especially when sitting. Is this normal healing?

Answers from doctors (2)


Yes, your testicles are probably experiencing back pressure from the surgically blocked vas deferens. The pressure will gradually resolve.

Answered by Mark J. Saslawsky, MD - Memphis Office (View Profile)

Yes, your testicles are probably experiencing back pressure from the surgically blocked vas deferens. The pressure will gradually resolve.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on May 24, 2017

It is not normal but it is not uncommon. The vasectomy reversal procedure as a rule requires approximately two and half hours to perform, where as a vasectomy takes less than fifteen minutes. Most of the time the old vasectomy site with its attendant scarring and inflammation is excised in addition to the reversal procedure so there are dramatic changes ongoing, in and about the repair. In addition, the dynamics of the vas deferens having been closed for years and now suddenly open can result in the pain you describe. I'd recommend tight fitting compression underwear and if the pain is intermittent and over time diminishing, then there's no reason to see your doctor. As always, if any concern of something serious consult with your surgeon.

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

It is not normal but it is not uncommon. The vasectomy reversal procedure as a rule requires approximately two and half hours to perform, where as a vasectomy takes less than fifteen minutes. Most of the time the old vasectomy site with its attendant scarring and inflammation is excised in addition to the reversal procedure so there are dramatic changes ongoing, in and about the repair. In addition, the dynamics of the vas deferens having been closed for years and now suddenly open can result in the pain you describe. I'd recommend tight fitting compression underwear and if the pain is intermittent and over time diminishing, then there's no reason to see your doctor. As always, if any concern of something serious consult with your surgeon.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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