The Truth About Vasectomy Pain

Posted by Sheldon Freedman, MD, on May 12, 2016

As a Urologist, who has been performing the no scalpel/no needle vasectomy technique for over 30 years, I have noticed that most men are highly concerned about the post operative pain that is associated with the procedure. As more and more men rely on the Internet to do their vasectomy research, they come to my office full of questions regarding the horror stories that have surfaced. I understand that the scrotum is an extremely sensitive area on a man's body and there is quite a bit of anxiety that is associated with the procedure.  Hopefully this blog can put some of your concerns to rest.

A Vasectomy procedure is a method of elective sterilization for men who do not wish to have any more children. The procedure is simple and is performed in-office most of the time.

The procedure itself takes about 20 minutes. You are numbed with local using the  Madajet injector prior to making the puncture site. This should be the only uncomfortable part of the procedure. You may feel tugging, pressure and pulling, but nothing sharp.  My staff and I do our best to try and keep your mind off of the procedure that is taking place, and will talk to you about many different topics.  You are also able to bring music to calm your nerves as well. Before you know it, the vasectomy will be complete and you will be on your way home. 

Most men find that the post operative pain following the no scalpel vasectomy is not as bad as the internet portrays. Most men are able to resume normal activities after a couple of days. Patients find that although the swelling following vasectomy is uncomfortable, it can be reduced by applying an ice pack and taking it easy for a day or two. You will be given a prescription for pain medication, but most men do not even fill it, as they state their pain is not that bad.

It is important to note if you have chronic scrotal pain to begin with, the pain will not go away or be eliminated after the vasectomy procedure and it may be best to schedule surgery under anesthesia.

All in all, yes you will have post operative pain after a vasectomy, but stop reading about patient horror stories on the Internet. It is my goal to make this permanent form of sterilization as comfortable as possible.