Why don’t they just knock us out during vasectomies?

I have done tons of research and watched videos on vasectomies. Why doesn’t the AMA and AUA recommend laughing gas or general anasthesia? This looks extremely painful even when given something for anxiety! It turned me off to the whole procedure. Men feel pain too, especially in the most sensitive part of their body. In one video the doctor quipped “that’s my secret, the left side tells the right side what is about to happen.” He screamed out!

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

In most cases, local numbing of the skin and vas tube with a pre-medication is more than adequate. However, many patients have anxiety with anything sharp being anywhere near that particular anatomical area. Many urologists, for instance, have access to a surgical center and perform vasectomies there. I, myself, own one. Insurances vary as to what they will allow for an ASC but it is something to check on. The urologist can sometimes work with you regarding the coverage.

Published on Mar 29, 2019

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

In most cases, local numbing of the skin and vas tube with a pre-medication is more than adequate. However, many patients have anxiety with anything sharp being anywhere near that particular anatomical area. Many urologists, for instance, have access to a surgical center and perform vasectomies there. I, myself, own one. Insurances vary as to what they will allow for an ASC but it is something to check on. The urologist can sometimes work with you regarding the coverage.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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