Recommendations after a varicocele surgery with microscopy

  • The pain at the incision is usually mild to moderate and temporary.
  • The patient may take extra strong Tylenol regularly for the first 48 hours. An analgesic based on morphine can also be prescribed.
  • The patient may put intermittent ice (between 2 underwear to avoid plastic on skin) for 48 hours. It will help minimize swelling and pain.  Bruising and edema (swelling) in the groin should disappear after 3 or 4 weeks.
  • The patient should lie down as much as he can during the first 24 hours and rest when he feels tired. Getting enough sleep will help you recover.
  • No shower before 24 hours.
  • No baths before seven days.
  • Avoid physical exertion (lifting weights more than 20 lbs) for seven to 10 days.
  • Abstain from sex for one week.
  • The patient may need to wear a scrotal support (jockstrap) for about two weeks after the surgery.
  • Convalescence is usually fast.  The work stoppage is suited to the job that is more physical.
  • A follow-up of control is planned two months after the intervention.
  • A spermogram is planned after three months in cases of infertility.

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