What are the risks of having a vasectomy? We do everything we can to reduce the rate of complications but all surgical procedures have risks you should be aware of. A full list of potential complications are outlined fully in your consent form when you book your appointment. After your vasectomy, most men will notice some level of: - Bruising - you may notice some bruising in the days after your vasectomy but this will usually disappear after about a week. - Mild pain and swelling - this commonly settles a few days after your procedure. Rare complications include: - A scrotal haematoma: This is a large bruise within the scrotum. You can reduce your chance of getting a haematoma greatly by following our instructions regarding lifting heavy objects in the days after the procedure. If you work in a job that requires heavy lifting make sure you get some time off work or ask for light duties. - Infection: We try to reduce the chance of you getting an infection by adhering to strict infection control protocol. Most infections are mild and can be treated with oral antibiotics. Very Rare complications include: - Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome (PVPS): This is a rare but serious complication that can occur any time after a vasectomy. There is little agreement on what causes PVPS. In most cases pain will resolve eventually but in rare cases specialist review and even additional surgery or reversal may be required to resolve the problem.