Dr Gabrielle Dezanaulds

Risks of Vasectomy Reversal Surgery

Complications of vasectomy reversal are rare. Possible risks and complications include:

Wound haematoma

The most common complication is a collection of blood in the scrotum around the site of the operation. This is due to post-operative leaking of the microscopic blood vessels which are damaged at the time of the surgery.  Following Dr Dezarnaulds’ post-operative instructions to rest will reduce the risk of you developing a haematoma.


It is common for the scrotum to appear up to 2 times larger than normal after the operation due to tissue fluid engorging the area. This generally rapidly subsides.

Persistent post-operative pain

Substantial pain after vasectomy reversal is uncommon although it can occur. You will be prescribed strong pain killers to take as you need them for the first few days (not everyone needs them) and then simple analgesics such as paracetamol (but not aspirin or ibuprofen) are recommended. Rarely discomfort can persist for several weeks.


Infection is rare.  Should there be a marked swelling or pain after the operation, you should contact Dr Dezarnaulds. 

Deep venous thrombosis

With any surgical procedure it is possible to develop clots in the legs (deep venous thrombosis) that on rare occasions, can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolus).

Please contact Dr Dezarnaulds if you have any concerns or if you think you may have developed a complication of surgery.

Highly qualified

  • Honours Degree in Medicine and Surgery (USyd)
  • Masters Degree in Reproductive Health and Human Genetics (USyd)
  • Certified sub-specialist in fertility microsurgery

Personal Specialist Care

  • Qualified Specialist
  • Your procedure is performed by Dr Dezarnaulds from start to finish