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What Can I Expect after Treatment?

Recovery after testicular or epididymal sperm retrieval depends on the method used. Recovery time can range from a few days to a week.

Most men will be told to avoid strenuous activity. You might use a jockstrap until you’ve fully recovered. Ice packs help right after the surgery. Your urologist will prescribe medicine to help with pain. You may also be given antibiotics to take before and/or after sperm retrieval to lower the risk of infection. If you have stitches, you will need more time to heal. Most men can return to office work in 24 to 48 hours. It may take 5 to 10 days to return to heavy work.

Possible problems can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • The chance of not finding sperm
  • The need for future procedures
  • Testicular injury or loss (these are rare)