Vasectomy...recovery?


#1

Could be covered under surgery and recovery, but this seems more specific to recovery. I need to schedule a vasectomy, because I was told to, and I am trying to figure out when to slot it in. Middle of winter (training season) or middle of summer when it is hot and I am a little lax on the mountain bike.

I was thinking I could try to get some Nordic skiing in while I am not allowed in the saddle, but it will screw up my trainerroad timeline for my early spring A race/ride (12 hours of Mesa Verde or Ironhorse, depending on enrollment).

So, for those of you that have had the snip snip, any recommendations on scheduling, recovery timeline, recovery tactics?


#2

Just buy a particularly bad saddle… it’ll save you the job of having to go for the snip :grimacing:


#3

When I had mine I asked about returning to the saddle. I was advised to take at least two weeks off the bike to allow any swelling to go down and don’t do anything too vigorous for the first ride back.
I heeded all the recovery advice but couldn’t wait. I tentatively sat on a saddle after 10 days. I was hyper aware of any sensations coming from my contact points but felt nothing.
Two years on and I couldn’t be happier.
I did an intrernet search before the op and found a huge (closed) thread on a cycling website. I found it very informative. I’m sure it’s still there. This gave me lots of reassurance both medically and cycling wise.
I hope this helps you.


#4

It took me about 2-3 weeks to get back on the saddle in relative comfort. Don’t plan anything and just play it by ear after the op. I felt like I had taken a gigantic kick in the nadgers which lasted for about a week if I remember correctly. :open_mouth:

I had lots of plans beforehand but did none of them and just had to wait quietly snivelling in a corner until the swelling and pain subsided. It all worked out in the end though :grinning:


#5

At least a couple weeks is pretty realistic. If your experience is anything like mine you’ll feel pretty good after just a few days and think you’re good to go. I starting swimming again and even tried a little running, but after a couple days I had to stop as it started to feel like I got kicked in the balls 24-7. This went on for several days and I can’t help but think had I just taken a week or 2 off of any training I could have avoided it.

Point is even though you’ll likely feel pretty good after a couple days, don’t be too eager to jump back into training of any kind.


#6

I remember soaking in the tub quite a bit to help soothe everything. I wasn’t cycling at the time so can’t add anything there. Maybe treat it like you would a saddle sore and make sure it’s gone before starting again, otherwise you’re delaying getting back.


#7

I think it was about 2-3 days on the couch with some frozen peas. After that I was good to go to get back on the bike (if I remember correctly, it was a while ago).

My doctor was a TR user (I actually traded free lifetime membership for the surgery) and he said that as long as I was on the trainer and I didn’t experience discomfort I was OK.


#8

Took me 3 days before I felt (normal) after my snip snip… I personally wouldn’t think of cycling until the you can touch the area without any feeling… I say this as that area for is numb!


#9

I had similar experience to @Nate. Just a few days and I felt fine. Important to use ice asap.


#10

Rest and ice for the first 3 days after surgery. Easy back to work after that.

I was on the bike 8 days after surgery, for easy rides. Kept it like that for another week or so, then normal after that.


#11

So somewhere between 3 days and 2 weeks. I will take the kids skiing and sit on the snow all day for the first 3.

My ssb2 ends mid December so I may set it for 1st week of the new year and just hammer the last two weeks of December so I need recovery time.


#12

Just Do IT!

NOW!

Best decision I made.


#13

Had mine done on a Friday (biggest adrenaline rush of my life btw), and I was able to commute to work on the following Monday for the rest of the week. My commutes are 35-40mins on a traffic free and smooth bike path so little risk of being knocked off. On Wednesday I foolishly thought I could get away with an offroad MTB ride. My saddle hit me in the nuts at one point. So don’t do any off-road.
If commuting by other means didn’t suck so much, I perhaps would have stayed off the bike until maybe the following Thursday but I just hate not being able to ride.


#14

I had the procedure in March of 2017. I took one week off the bike per the doc’s advice. Then I eased my way back into training. If there are no setbacks in your recovery…you should be back to normal within 4 weeks. Keeping in mind that the weeks leading up to full recovery would be a gradual rise in workout intensity so as not to injure yourself.


#15

Sorry, timeout. Ice? On the plums? For 3 days? That sounds worse than the operation! I was planning one for next year but that honestly is giving me second thoughts.
Is it that bad?


#16

I certainly didn’t need ice for 3 days. Yes there is a level of discomfort in the first few days, but I found simply being still was perfectly fine and it was only if I was moving about too much or too fast that it got very uncomfortable. Suggest planning on the basis that you will be off the bike for 2-3 weeks. Nothing wrong with trying a few rides before this time, but don’t expect to be able to go full gas


#17

It’s not that bad. The procedure itself and the build up was the worst. Post-op it’s fine, it’s a small cut and it heals really quickly. Bit of swelling that goes down quickly.


#18

The ice feels amazing!

In general the recovery is super easy.

I do have one horror story though. It’s probably best not to read this next part…

While I was cut open and the doctor was burning stuff, he went outside the anesthetic area on accident…on the inside. That was some PAIN let me tell you!!


#19

Just make sure you get a jock strap with an integrated pocket for a bag of frozen peas. It’ll all be fine…:crossed_fingers:


#20

When I did mine, I was running. I ran 5 miles before work the next morning. Just a little uncomfortable because of the ends of the stitches poking around. Otherwise, it was very easy. I think if the bike seat isn’t comfortable, running or xc skiing are are options.