I wish I could go back 2 weeks in time and not had this procedure. 11/14/2019 I had my vasecotmy.
I had a paper from dr that said not to take any pain meds or vitamin E 10 days prior. I totally missed this (life crazy with 2 young kids). I had been taking Aleve up to 8 days prior to to the surgery since I had a dentail procedure that was bothering me. I was taking multi vitamins all the way through survery, which I think had 50 or 100 mg of vitamin E. I also looked online and saw that Ginko has the same side effect, of bleeding, and should not be taken 10 days prior to surgery.
On the morning of surgery I brought my pills with me to the Dr. and told him what I was taking-- I thought there was a solid chance he would delay my procedure because of the meds and reschedule. He said no big deal, its not a problem, and on with the surgery. (I was his first operating appointment of the day and he got up early to do this procedure on me-- know way he was going to reschedule would be my guess)
I got anesthia for the surgery because I was given the option. Heck ya why not? I dont want to be awake for this if I dont have to be. In hindsight now, I wish I was awake, because I would have been able to gauge whether there was a screw up.
After surgery doc says everything went fine I followed recovery procedures religiously as directed by Dr. iced every 20 minutes pretty much through the weekend (4 days). Stayed off my feet, avoided heavy lifting. At about 5-6 days in I started to very carefully pick up my 25 lb year old son. I was progressing well I thought, with just tenderness and hardness on my left size. Day 7 or 8 had sex, with zero impact or trauma (I was on bottom).
I had a hardness and swelling around the left side that seemed to be getting slightly worse. I called the Dr. and asked if this is normal. They said to give it more time. Before I knew it, I had a hematoma the, egg shaped, about 4" x 2.5". I went back to Dr. He confirmed yes it Hematoma, said first one he has seen in a long time. Advised heating, warmy bath, presribed antbiotics so not to get infected, and said to make sure I keep everything up very tight and close to my body. When asked how long it will take to go away Dr says 1-2 weeks (BS!). I havent seen or heard from my left nut in a week or more at this point.
That was 11/15. Its now 11/29. Pretty much no reduction in size. Maybe not as painful and tender as it was, but extremely uncomfrotable and huge-- I cant do anything. I feel tension down there when I lift anything with weight at all, so Im not lifting anything right now, not even my son. Everyhthing is difficult, from showering/bathing to going to the bathroom-- anything where I have to take the scrotal support off is uncomfortable because the hanging hurts-- this is like a several pound hard solid mass we are talking.
Im trying other things such as b-12, vitamin c, vinegar shots with cayenne pepper and ginger, have just ordered some creams (vitamin k and arnica). Im trying to get a second opinion from another Dr. but it seems nobody is open today on black friday,
Im a very active person, like to workout, hate to sit around/watch TV etc. This is killing me. This also happend at the worst time-- when I have two young kids and have so many things to do between work, housework, dadlife, etc.
If you read this far, I am appreciative. If you can comment on any of these questions below, offer any guidance or even just tell me something to help, even a pep talk of somekind, that would be great.
- Do you think the Ginko/vitamin E in my system could have intensified the bleeding? Should the Dr have delayed the surgery? Is he at fault for doing it anyway?
- Am I at risk of losing my testicle?
- Does anybody recommend any other remedies so I can get back to a normal life as soon as possible?
- How can I make this more tolerable right now?
- Realistically how long do you think it will take for this to go away? When could I actually start working out again, lifting things, having sex?
- Can I travel with this sized hematoma? I have several work trips coming up in Jan.