Following these Preparation Instructions are important to reduce your chance of complications.
Failure to follow these instructions might result in a cancellation of your procedure.
I do know that everybody gets anxious.
If you feel that the anxiety will get the worst of you, then please talk to Dr. Barnard prior to the appointment and you can be given something to reduce the anxiety.
Preparation steps for Vasectomy
3 Days before the time:
Do not take ANY anti-inflammatory medications. These include things like Aspirin (ASA), Advil/Motrin (Ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen) or any other prescribed or herbal anti-inflammatories.
These medications can thin down your blood and make you bleed easier and therefore we want these medications to be out of your system.
If you get an ache or a pain for some reason and you feel you need to take something in those three days prior to your vasectomy, then you may take Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
1 Day before the time:
Do not drink any alcohol. Alcohol can also make you bleed easier and therefore we want this out of your system.
I need you to cut the hair on the front side of the scrotum, short to the skin.
This can be done with a razor, or a hair clipper or some scissors.
I do not need you to have a smooth shave, but just a short cut of the hair, close to the skin, is all that is required.
I only need you to shave the front side of the scrotum. In other words: If you were to look at yourself in the mirror, the area just underneath the penis that you will see, that is the area I need you to clear. (Many guys think for some reason a vasectomy is done from the rear, it is not!)
1 Hour before the time:
I recommend taking 2 Extra-Strength Tylenols one hour before the time. I find this helps to reduce the discomfort with getting the freezing and also when the freezing wears off.
I know that all guys get anxious with this procedure. It is normal.
But, if you feel you need something for anxiety, then please discuss this with Dr. Barnard prior to your appointment.
I also recommend eating something before you come in. You do not need to be fasting for this procedure.
Remember to bring good supportive underwear with you. This could be briefs, boxer-briefs or an athletic supporter. You will need these for about a month afterwards.
I advise that you do not drive yourself home afterwards because occasionally some guys feel lightheaded. Get somebody to pick you up an hour after your procedure start time.
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you do not show up for your appointment or cancel less than 24 hours prior to your appointment, then you will be sent a bill for the cancellation.