What are the risks and potential complications of a vasectomy?
The vast majority of vasectomy procedures are successful. However, complications of a vasectomy can occur and become serious. Complications of vasectomy may include:
Anesthesia reaction, such as an allergic reaction and problems with breathing
Bleeding of the incision or bleeding into the scrotum
Granuloma, a lump that develops from leakage of sperm from cut vas deferens into the scrotum
Infection and septicemia, which is the spread of a local infection to the blood
Post-vasectomy pain syndrome, which is chronic pain following a vasectomy
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