I want a no-scalpel vasectomy. Apparently, the metal wire retainer on my teeth may cause electrical shocks during the procedure. Advice?

I want a no-scalpel vasectomy. I had a consultation appointment over the phone and was told that the doctor may refuse to do the vasectomy based on the electrical shocks my retainer on the back of my teeth might conduct during the procedure. I really would like to have the treatment and don't want to be refused based on the issue, especially since the wire is incredibly thin and small. Any advice? Thank you.

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

Most urologists use handheld battery-powered cauterizing devices. There is no electricity. In my career, I have never issued this warning. However, if you are concerned about this, just ask to have the ends clipped or tied as the method of treating the severed ends of the vas deferens.

Published on Mar 22, 2019

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

Most urologists use handheld battery-powered cauterizing devices. There is no electricity. In my career, I have never issued this warning. However, if you are concerned about this, just ask to have the ends clipped or tied as the method of treating the severed ends of the vas deferens.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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