Vasectomy Side Effects

During your vasectomy at our Tijuana, Mexico, urology center, Dr. Luis Herrera prevents complications by using the latest tools and techniques and providing in-depth patient education. Typically, patients can expect to have a straightforward recovery. However, vasectomy side effects can include short-term issues such as infection, discomfort, or bleeding. Long-term complication risks include chronic pain and pregnancy. Dr. Herrera invites you to learn about the risks of the procedure, as well as misconceptions regarding vasectomy.

prostate cancer and vasectomy
There is very strong evidence that a vasectomy will not increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

Common Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions concerning vasectomy. These include: 

Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

According to the Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Disease, there is no proven link between vasectomy and prostate cancer. This study was conducted over the course of three decades and involved over 15 million male patients. 

Erectile Dysfunction 

The vasectomy procedure only alters fertility. It does not cause erectile dysfunction. However, a patient who is pressured into the procedure by their partner may face mental barriers that may contribute to a struggle with impotence. 

Dr. Herrera has successfully treated many patients who have experienced no side effects after their treatment.

Reduction in Testosterone Production

Leydig cells, which produce testosterone, are located outside of the vas deferens. They are not altered during the procedure.

Medical Tourism Increases the Risks of a Vasectomy

In addition to concerns related to the vasectomy procedure itself, many patients are under the impression that a procedure performed outside the United States is unsafe. However, many patients choose medical tourism and experience exceptional care. Our urology center uses advanced technology, has a highly trained staff, and meets the highest surgical standards to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our patients.

Short-Term Side Effects

During the recovery period, some patients may experience short-term side effects such as:

  • Bleeding at the incision site on the skin
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Bruising 
  • Inflammation 

These symptoms are normal and should resolve after a few days. However, if you experience a fever higher than 100 degrees or bleeding from the incision in your scrotum, you should alert us immediately.

Long-Term Complications

In rare cases, patients may experience long-term complications, including:

Chronic Pain
Post-surgery pain lasting more than three months is considered chronic pain. This may be caused by pressure building within the epididymis. There are treatments that can relieve these symptoms.
The sealed ends of the vas deferens may grow back together. This will reinstate fertility and may result in your partner becoming pregnant.

As a highly trained urologist, Dr. Herrera can help patients experiencing these complications. However, he has also successfully treated many patients who have not reported any lasting side effects after their treatment.

Minimizing Your Risks

Patients are often advised to refrain from certain activities such as heavy lifting and ejaculation for about a week following their procedure. Dr. Herrera also strongly encourages you to consider your desire to father children at any point in the future. You should feel totally in control of your choice to terminate your fertility prior to making the decision to undergo the procedure. Although a vasectomy can be reversed, it is best to undergo the procedure feeling certain that you do not wish to have more children.

Your Health is Our Priority

Contact us online or by phone at (619) 392-8516 to learn more about vasectomy and the potential risks associated with the procedure. Your health and well-being are our priorities, and we are dedicated to helping you make the best decision for your needs.

Dr. Luis Herrera

Unidad de Urología Dr. Luis Herrera

Dr. Luis Herrera is a board-certified urologist practicing in Tijuana, Mexico, just a few minutes south of the border. He provides patients from throughout Mexico as well as medical tourists with a variety of advanced urologic treatments, including vasectomy, shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction, and laser kidney stone removal surgery. Dr. Herrera is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • La Sociedad Mexicana de Urología
  • The European Association of Urology
  • The American Endourological Society
  • The American Urological Association

For more information, or to request an appointment, please contact us online or call (619) 392-8516.

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