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#1 rosie28

Posted 18 November 2019 - 07:49 PM

Does anyone have any experience with this? My husband saw the urologist today, and he has recommended a vasectomy with a general anaesthetic. This doctor doesn’t do them any other way. It seems like a huge overreaction for such a short procedure, surely the GA has risks beyond that of the procedure...

I’ve never heard of anyone needing a GA, and my husband thinks it seems silly, but liked the doctor. The only reasoning given was that it reduces ongoing testicular pain. That’s obviously good, but how would the type of anaesthetic do that?



#2 can'tstayaway

Posted 18 November 2019 - 07:55 PM

Don’t know the answers to the detailed questions but just wanted to say my DH had his under a GA.

I wasn’t part of the consults so don’t know why. All went smoothly. I vaguely remember it was a day procedure and a few days with frozen peas and he was fine.

#3 LightPink

Posted 18 November 2019 - 07:56 PM

My husband had it done earlier in the year, with just local. Drove himself home afterwards. Plenty of icing and taking it easy for a few days. Not all that painful after the local wore off. No pain since. A GA does seem ott unless there’s a medical or mental need for it.

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Edited by LightPink, 18 November 2019 - 07:58 PM.


#4 Mrs Claus

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:00 PM

That’s how DH got his done, his surgeon only does it that way

#5 Charli73

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:07 PM

Yes my DH had his done under GA also..

#6 Paddlepop

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:08 PM

My DH had his done under local anaesthetic. It all depends on what the man is comfortable with, and what the surgeon prefers. If he doesn't want to undergo a GA then he needs to find a different surgeon who does it under either local anaesthetic or twilight sedation.

#7 Apple14

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:09 PM

Apparently it’s the way most are done now.
When my ex had his done 5 yrs ago they had just swapped from local to ga. I asked why as to me it seemed a bit overboard, and he said that there had been a few incidences of men jolting upright etc and it was just easier to knock them out.
Not sure if this is true or the reason, but it’s been that way for a few years now.
All other men I know have had it have all have GA.

#8 Fossy

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:11 PM

DH had his done under GA, as has all our friends/relatives, he had no pain afterwards and went snowboarding the next day.  So maybe your DHs surgeon is right about the less pain bit.  
Think GA is pretty standard, we used to do a full list a day when I worked in day procedure.

#9 rosie28

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:13 PM

 Apple14, on 18 November 2019 - 08:09 PM, said:

Apparently it’s the way most are done now.
When my ex had his done 5 yrs ago they had just swapped from local to ga. I asked why as to me it seemed a bit overboard, and he said that there had been a few incidences of men jolting upright etc and it was just easier to knock them out.
Not sure if this is true or the reason, but it’s been that way for a few years now.
All other men I know have had it have all have GA.

This makes me feel better- everyone I know has had theirs done with a local or twilight, and I worry about the risk of a GA.

#10 Paddlepop

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:17 PM

Marie Stopes clinics do local anaesthetic or twilight sedation, but not GA.
https://www.mariesto...tion/vasectomy/

#11 amaza

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:17 PM

My partner had his earlier this year under GA. No other option for him either. I think they just book a bunch all on the same day and do them one after the other. DP said the room was full of men in and out and his urologist did say he does them only on certain days.

#12 panda eyes

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:44 PM

I asked this exact same question a year ago when my DH was referred to a urologist who only did GAs! In the end we picked another doctor who preferred using a local and DH was fine.

He didn't find it painful at all, and said that the worst bit was having people matter of factly handling his testes while chatting to him because  it felt so surreal.

#13 Mands09

Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:54 PM

My DH had his done by a GP who specialises in them under local. Drove himself home. No pain just some spectacular bruising for a few days. DH said it looked worse than it was.

#14 Orangecake

Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:40 PM

DH had a GA with urologist who offered both ootions. Apparently some men are more straight forward than others and there was a little more 'digging around' in his case, so DH decided on GA rather than local.
However, he did have a bad reaction to GA, which meant he had to spend longer in recovery and was a bit unwell that night at home.

#15 MissMilla

Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:46 PM

DH had his with local anesthetic.
I waited there for him, took about 20mins. Came home straight after and didnt have any pain at all. He went to work the next day and did everything normal.
He never complained about any pain and he is usually a huge baby when it comes to pain or being sick.

#16 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:48 PM

DH had it done under local. He was fine.

#17 Ellie bean

Posted 18 November 2019 - 10:51 PM

DH had his under a GA because he had another procedure at the same time requiring a general, I think the GA suited him though, I suspect he would have freaked out with a local

#18 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 18 November 2019 - 11:32 PM

Call me a cynic, but possibly GA is also good for revenue ...

But I don't doubt that it might be preferable for some patients who may have anxiety issues with the procedure.

#19 McG2013

Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:27 AM

DH had his done on Friday with a local. Spent the weekend shuffling around but said he's back to normal today.

#20 lozoodle

Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:51 AM

GA sounds a bit like overkill. DP just went to the clinic and had it done, he was in and out in 30 mins under a local.

#21 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:52 AM

Dad actually refused a GA for a hernia repair and walked out from the theatre operating waiting room when he found out that they were going to as that was not what he wanted. He got it done privately via twilight sedation and was walking out an hour later.

#22 Holidayromp

Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:02 AM

It’s a total overkill and will make the recovery time longer as the GA would knock him around more than the procedure itself.
I would be looking for someone else.

#23 Holidayromp

Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:06 AM

 Orangecake, on 18 November 2019 - 09:40 PM, said:

DH had a GA with urologist who offered both ootions. Apparently some men are more straight forward than others and there was a little more 'digging around' in his case, so DH decided on GA rather than local.
However, he did have a bad reaction to GA, which meant he had to spend longer in recovery and was a bit unwell that night at home.

Yeah but even then it’s total overkill.  It can just as easily done under twilight which is what will happen to DH as he won’t be straight forward.

#24 Oriental lily

Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:20 AM

DH got it done via a local last year . To be honest he came home as white as a sheet and a bit traumatised by it all!

I think he would have preferred a GA in hindsight.

#25 BornToLove

Posted 19 November 2019 - 08:09 AM

 YodaTheWrinkledOne, on 18 November 2019 - 11:32 PM, said:

Call me a cynic, but possibly GA is also good for revenue ...

Yep. I doubt the men are going to question it either.




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