Scheduled for a Vasectomy? 4 Tips for Ice Pack Use During Recovery

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If you're scheduled for a vasectomy, it's time to prepare for the recovery. You might think that you can wait to plan for your recovery period, but that's not the case. Following the vasectomy, you'll need a few days to recover. It's especially important that you follow your doctor's instructions. It's also important that you keep the pain and swelling to a minimum. The best way to do that is with the application of ice packs. Here are four tips to help you plan for the use of your ice packs. 

Choose the Right Ice

Now that you're preparing for your vasectomy, you'll need to stock up on ice packs. You might think it's fine to use frozen vegetables or plastic bags filled with ice cubes, but that's not actually the case. Frozen vegetables and plastic baggies aren't a sanitary option for surgical wounds. Instead, you want to use reusable gel ice packs after your vasectomy. That way, you can wipe them down with sanitizing wipes after each use and toss them back into the freezer for reuse. 

Start Ice Packs Early

If you're scheduled for a vasectomy, you'll want to start the recovery process as soon as you get home. That means you'll need to have the ice packs ready before you head to the surgical center for your procedure. To help control the pain, and to reduce the swelling, you should start applying ice packs as soon as you get home and get comfortable. Be sure to relax with your legs elevated before you apply the ice. Elevating your legs will also help to reduce the swelling. 

Take Care With Your Skin

If you're getting ready for the recovery, and you're preparing for the ice packs, be sure to protect your skin. You might think that you'll receive the most benefit by applying the ice pack directly to your skin, but that's not the case. Applying ice packs directly to your scrotum can damage your skin. The best way to protect your skin is to place a piece of cloth between the ice pack and your scrotum. It's also important that you only leave ice packs in place for no more than about twenty minutes at a time. 

Ensure Cleanliness

Finally, if you want to ensure a successful recovery from your vasectomy, make sure you plan for cleanliness. First, keep your scrotum and groin area clean. Second, maintain the cleanliness of your ice packs. Finally, keep your groin area as dry as possible. The best way to do that is to let your groin area air out between each application of ice packs.

Reach out to a medical supplier to purchase reusable vasectomy ice packs.


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