Well 2nd day at home from Fl. Not sure how much to share before I bore you all, but here is a summary of my experience with the reversal procedure.
I felt a little weird as a “medical tourist” flying to Orlando, Fl and all, but those thoughts completely disappeared after meeting with Dr. P and his extremely friendly team. The hospital was small, but very nice. Dr. P as always took all the time to address all of my concerns and even though he is so far away, I feel he is more accessible than the local doc’s I’ve been seeing.
Reality hit me in pre-op prep, that this was going to be a serious situation, much different than the vas. Dr. P came in for a quick visit and that provided some reassuring confidence that I was in the right place.
The operating room was truly intimidating, with lot’s of equipment and the procedure robot was big , with lot’s of “arms”. The whole place was very busy, there were a few people running around getting prepped up and getting me strapped to the table, good thing they hit the gas and I don’t remember much past that point, I don’t know that you would want to go through this without the general anesthesia.
The procedure started around 1 pm and I was expecting to be out of it by about 4 pm. I was a little surprised that when I woke up it was about 5:30 pm, I guess the anesthesia worked well for me. I was told that the procedure itself lasted only about 2 ½ hrs and I had been just sleeping since then. With a little help from the staff & the nursing service the PUR clinic set me up with, I got picked up & taken back to the hotel, they went out and got me the prescriptions while I ordered dinner.
I gotta say I was extremely groggy, drowsy and out of it. I was a little dehydrated and drank a lot, finally around 7:30 felt OK enough to eat dinner. Dr. P called to check on me and that meant a lot. Finally was able to urinate and at that point examine the situation down there. Swollen, with some bruising starting to appear, but I was surprised that the incision was actually only a little bit bigger than with the vas. I was expecting a lot worse, so very pleasantly surprised and I feel it would be no big deal to see it heal in a few days. Throat a little sore from the breathing tube, but that should go away in a few days.
Iced and actually looked at this forum. Couldn’t sleep well, too much energy all of the sudden in the middle of the night. Meds really got me disoriented. By 6:30 I was out of bed, had a really good breakfast and drank a lot of fluids, truly hungry and I never eat breakfast. Felt good enough to actually go out to the local pharmacy and got some pads and band aids. Iced some more and watched a movie. Left the hotel to the airport around 11 am feeling sore, but not bad at all, took my time walking and navigating the stairs, but really no big deal.
Some 10 hrs later dealing with planes and airport crap finally made it home. There was pain down there and I’m not sure where it was coming from, not terrible like the most extreme I had in the past, it still seems to be associated with the surgery. One thing that was really freaky is I had sort of blown up, I was 10 lbs heavier than prior to surgery, really weird. I was still drinking fluids and still very hungry. I’m not a heavy guy, only about 177lbs before surgery and that evening I was almost 190 lbs.
Slept fine with ice packs and a pillow between my knees. The next day (yesterday) was really no fun the pain from the surgery was really coming on strong now. I also have some weird thing, a protrusion, or a hernia or something going on analy, only thing I can think of is that it’s from all the swelling, very odd and a bit painful. Really blue/purple all over down there including the penis, a little scary. Not extremely swollen, but pretty bad looking, much worse than with the vas. The pain may be just a little bit more than the vas, come to think of it. It took me about a week to recover from that, so given how much worse this looks, I suspect it may take a little bit longer.
One of the original issues I had developed post vas was a burning sensation after urinating. That was gone immediately after surgery, but it has re-surfaced today.
The general discomfort is annoying, but I was expecting it, so for now I’m just going to make the best of it and keep with meds and ice packs. What I’m noticing is that if I stay still I have almost no pain, but any movement and I know I got damage down there. Also feeling a little itchy, so hoping that’s a sign of healing. Have been showering with no issues and my weight is actually down about 5 lbs already.
Dr. P mentioned that I had quite a bit of fluid/sperm that had leaked out and that I had a lot of scarring. He seemed pleased with the procedure when we last talked that night. I’m going to keep the faith and try to stay extremely positive.
I’ve been actually may be over doing it a little, went to my little one’s school for a project observation, actually spend the whole day riding around with my wife running errands and shipping the kids around. Today was better than yesterday, but yesterday was a lot worse than the day before.
Time will tell. Thank you all for the kind words and thoughts. I’m going to take a break for a few days and concentrate on healing and family. If any of you need any information as you are going through your own issues, don’t hesitate to reach out directly to me. I can provide you with my cell phone if you’d like.