Expert Tips On What To Do The Night Before A Vasectomy

Before undergoing a vasectomy procedure, it's important to prepare yourself both mentally and physically, as Dr. David Shusterman, engaging urologist, chief physician, and founder of New York Urology explains to Health Digest in an exclusive interview.

"Prior to undergoing a vasectomy, people may unintentionally make certain mistakes that can impact the success of the procedure," Dr. Shusterman states. He explains that one of these mistakes may be a lack of information. "One common mistake is failing to fully consider the permanence of the procedure and the potential for future regrets." 

Dr. Shusterman notes that there may also be a lack of understanding around the logistics of the procedure itself. "Additionally, individuals may not fully understand the post-operative recovery process or the potential risks and side effects associated with the surgery," he says. "It's important for people considering a vasectomy to thoroughly research and discuss the procedure with a qualified healthcare provider in order to make an informed decision and ensure the best possible outcome."

Discuss medications beforehand

Dr. Shusterman goes on to tell us exclusively that prior to a vasectomy procedure, you should be transparent with your doctor about medication usage. "It's important to consider any medications you may be taking prior to undergoing a surgical procedure, as certain drugs can have an impact on the surgery and its outcome," he emphasizes. "Depending on the medication, it may increase the risk of bleeding, interfere with anesthesia, or cause complications during the procedure." But this rule doesn't just apply to prescription medications, he notes. "It is essential that patients disclose all medications, including over-the-counter and herbal supplements, to their healthcare provider prior to surgery to ensure the best possible outcome," Dr. Shusterman states. "The healthcare provider can then evaluate the patient's medication regimen and make any necessary adjustments to minimize risks during the surgery."

Along with discussing any medications with your doctor, Dr. Shusterman says there are additional measures one can take to adequately prepare for the surgery. "Preparing for a vasectomy requires some basic steps in order to ensure that the procedure goes smoothly and with minimal discomfort," he states. "The night before your vasectomy, it is important to follow a few guidelines to prepare your body and mind for the upcoming procedure."

Three steps to take the night before a vasectomy procedure

"Firstly, make sure to eat a light and healthy meal the night before your procedure," Dr. Shusterman states in our exclusive chat. "Avoid heavy or greasy foods, as well as alcohol and caffeine. These can all interfere with the anesthesia and make it more difficult for the surgeon to perform the procedure." His next tip is to tend to personal hygiene beforehand. "Secondly, make sure to shower or bathe thoroughly the night before your vasectomy," he says. "This will help to reduce the risk of infection and ensure that the surgical area is clean and free of any debris."

"Finally, make sure to get a good night's sleep," he states as our interview comes to an end. "Try to relax and stay calm, as stress and anxiety can make the procedure more difficult and uncomfortable," he adds. "Consider practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises or meditation to help calm your nerves." In closing, Dr. Shusterman offers, "By following these simple steps, you can ensure that you are fully prepared for your vasectomy procedure and can approach it with confidence and peace of mind."