Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



How Much Time Off Will I Need to Take from Work for a Vasectomy?

How Much Time Off Will I Need to Take from Work for a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a form of permanent contraception for men. It involves surgically cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis (vas deferens). The surgery takes about 10 minutes and can be done in an outpatient setting. But, after your vasectomy in Montreal, Hawkesbury or Ottawa, you are probably wondering how much time you will need to take off from work. 

You should plan on taking at least one day off from desk work. Most men feel well enough to return to work the next day, but some may need two or three days to recover. You should not lift anything heavy or do any strenuous activity for at least a week after the procedure. 

What you should expect after your vasectomy 

You may have some swelling, bruising, and pain in your scrotum for a week or two. These side effects are usually mild and can be relieved with ice packs, over-the-counter pain medications, and wearing snug underwear or a jock strap  

You should make an appointment with on of our vasectomy clinics in Hawkesbury, Montreal of Ottawa/Gatineau to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. Your doctor will likely give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the vasectomy. For example, he may tell you to shave the hair around your scrotum before the procedure. He will also go over the potential risks and complications of the surgery with you. You will also need to have sperm count tests every few months to make sure that the procedure was successful.  

In general, vasectomies are safe and effective procedures with a very low risk of complications. The vast majority of men who have the surgery are happy with the results and do not regret their decision. However, as with any surgery, there is always a small risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, or pain. Be sure to get answers to everything you should know about getting a vasectomy in Montreal and Quebec.