A vasectomy is a simple procedure that seals the tubes that carry sperm into semen. This procedure is a method of birth control for men. Although the procedure is simple and recovery time is relatively quick, there are some precautions that need to be taken regarding exercise and physical activity.
Immediately Following Surgery
Immediately after a vasectomy, men should rest and not engage in any physical activity, especially intense activity, such as sports and exercise, for the first 24 to 48 hours. Men should stay off of their feet as much as possible in the first couple of days following surgery. Ice can help reduce swelling, but The Mayo Clinic advises avoiding aspirin and ibuprofen because these may increase the risk of bleeding, which can prolong healing and delay the return to normal activity and exercise.
The Week After Surgery
In the four to seven days following surgery, activity should be limited and exercise should be avoided. After four days, light exercises such as walking can be resumed if there is no pain, swelling, or discomfort. More strenuous exercises, such as lifting weights and running, should be avoided. Bike riding should also be avoided during this time, because it will put direct pressure on the penis and could hinder the healing process.
When to Resume
After four to seven days of rest following surgery, men can begin to ease back into normal exercise routines. Resuming heavy exercise too quickly could impact the healing process, thus normal exercise should be resumed gradually. At the time of the procedure, physicians will provide specific guidelines that should be followed.
Men should not engage in exercise or strenuous physical activity if they experience any pain, swelling or discomfort. In the event that unpleasant side effects such as swelling, pain or drainage occur after exercise is resumed, a physician could be contacted immediately.