What should I tell my doctor before the epididymectomy surgery?

Your doctor will ask you several questions during your initial consultation. The aim is to help maximize the results of the surgery and minimize the potential risks.

Although epididymectomy is rarely advised and is used only as a last option in eliminating your scrotal pain, it may be recommended if the patient is having a chronic infection that does not respond to antibiotics and for postoperative complications of a vasectomy procedure.

Pre-operative consultation, which is a key factor of any surgical procedure, involves making an assessment as to whether the patient is fit to undergo the epididymectomy procedure and if the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risk. During this initial appointment, the doctor will also explain the procedure to the patient. It also involves a medical questionnaire and a physical examination.

During your pre-operative evaluation, it's important to talk to your doctor about:

  • any medications you are currently taking
  • any implants you might have such as a pacemaker, a heart valve, stent, or joint replacement
  • present or previous MRSA infections
  • any transplant surgery you might have undergone in the past
  • regular prescriptions for blood thinners

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