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    Vasectomy-to-ride time?

    Hey guys, I'm not sure where the most appropriate place to post this question is but I figured a forum named "passion" wouldn't be too bad an option. I had a vasectomy on wednesday (12/12/12) afternoon and I'm dying to go for a ride but I don't wanna risk hurting the boys any further. All the info I found about restricted activities lists nearly everything but cycling. What says you? When would it be "safe" to let the boys out and go for a ride? How long did you wait before venturing outside?

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    *shrug*

    It varies. Pedal around the driveway/neighborhood/parking lot a bit and see how things feel.

    I waited a week, and just stuck with mellower and smoother riding for a week or so.

    Keep up with ice when sitting around, that'll do the most good to get you riding.
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    Thanks for asking that Homey. I was wondering the same thing but hadn't gotten around to asking here yet.

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    I have a cycling book and looked it up although it is rather short on the subject..

    "Cycling can normally be resumed one week following vasectomy"

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    Bicycling Medicine: Cycling Nutrition, Physiology, Injury Prevention and Treatment For Riders of All Levels
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    I would say ask your doctor.

    Then do what everyone else does and ignore his advice and do it when it feels ok to do it.

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    Id give it 2 weeks, then ease back into it. Recovery time really isn't all that long. Winter is a good time to have it done.

    My hesitation in getting it done resulted in a 4th child, so don't delay over something so trivial as missing a few rides!
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    Wait about a week, ride around the neighborhood and see how it feels. I took my first decent ride after 2 weeks, when it didn't hurt to ride. Where the boys are concerned, better to be safe than sorry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I would say ask your doctor.

    Then do what everyone else does and ignore his advice and do it when it feels ok to do it.
    So true. lol

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    Thanks, to testosterone - men often heal faster. My 44-year-old girlfriend just had a full, abdominal Hysterectomy and she was on her bike in 8.5 weeks!

    Bed rest and increased caloric consumption also plays a HUGE role, in overall recovery times. While injured, all your body craves is 10+ hours of daily sleep and calories, to focus on healing tissue. Heal well.
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    Like others have said, wait a week and ride light, 2 weeks and back to normal (mostly normal). That's for riding your bike.

    For other riding, follow doctors orders!

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    dont rush back on the bike. When I had mine done I wasnt into biking. You feel ok and start moving too much and things can get real sore, real fast. You'll end up with a purple bag, and be laid up even longer. Try walking a mile or 2 before riding anywhere.

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    `I waited a couple of weeks before I did a real ride. The last thing you want is to pinch your boys on the back of your seat on a decent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Thanks, to testosterone - men often heal faster. My 44-year-old girlfriend just had a full, abdominal Hysterectomy and she was on her bike in 8.5 weeks!

    Bed rest and increased caloric consumption also plays a HUGE role, in overall recovery times. While injured, all your body craves is 10+ hours of daily sleep and calories, to focus on healing tissue. Heal well.
    Zachariah ... I'm not sure it's the testosterone...it could be that having a hysterectomy is MAJOR SURGERY compared to a vasectomy

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    I was riding within a couple of weeks but just on pavement. Pain took about 6 weeks to subside for me to really ride the mountain bike and even then hitting a big bump produced a jolt of pain. Don't base your recovery on anyone else's experience. Your body will let you know when it's good to go. I had faster recovery after hernia surgery than I did with the vas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tricky dick View Post
    I was riding within a couple of weeks but just on pavement. Pain took about 6 weeks to subside for me to really ride the mountain bike and even then hitting a big bump produced a jolt of pain. Don't base your recovery on anyone else's experience. Your body will let you know when it's good to go. I had faster recovery after hernia surgery than I did with the vas.
    Is that where your username came from?

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    ahhh, I knew that was coming! Perhaps you are too young to remember where that monicker originated
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    I rode my bike to my vasectomy and back.
    Nothing I would recommend - I did developed a mild case of the famous eggplant syndrome. Stayed off for one week after.
    Ice and elevate the bag are the key components to early return to the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Zachariah ... I'm not sure it's the testosterone...it could be that having a hysterectomy is MAJOR SURGERY compared to a vasectomy

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    Great response SPP - surprised no one else chimed in on this

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Zachariah ... I'm not sure it's the testosterone...it could be that having a hysterectomy is MAJOR SURGERY compared to a vasectomy

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    Some guys act like its major surgery. So far, not here though...kudos to no whiners.
    Last edited by formica; 12-19-2012 at 04:47 PM.

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    Immediately. Before the local anesthetic wears off.

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    I was out bouldering in 2-3 days, but NO jumping off.

    I waited a 1-2 weeks before jumping back on the bike/ pulling a climbing harness on.

    Minor residual pain would come and go for 2-3 months but nothing that wouldn't have prevented me from getting out.

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    My buddy took a ride one week after and was fine until we started hitting the techincal downhill parts (bumpy). Just take your first ride easy and see how you feel.

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    Doc wanted me off work for two weeks. I have a labor intense job. So I would assume two weeks be safer for you.

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    Seriously!!!!
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    It all depends on where you ride and what you ride. Low end HT for me on some very rooty/rocky trails. Took a good month for me to be really comfortable.

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    I waited 2 weeks because that's when I felt ready. Ice immediately after it's done and wear a jockstrap, it really helps. Supporting the boys as opposed to letting them hang made things much more comfortable. I walked some local trails and did a bunch of pruning after the first week.

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