October 18, 2011

I Wanna Be Sedated

Lots of you commented and emailed about the whole sedated vasectomy thing. And you're right - it's not altogether common. The reasons are twofold:

1. Sedation relaxes everyone involved including the doctors. Fewer twitchy patients, less anxiety, and absolutely no pain. It was done as an outpatient surgery and only took place in the hospital because, for some odd reason, my insurance company wouldn't cover it being done in the doctors' office. Which brings me to...

2. I suspect that the doctors develop procedures based on what their patients' insurance companies will pay for. Mine paid for sedation in a hospital...which is exactly what the doctors did. At the end of the day, it's all about profit. It's hard to blame them.

Regardless, being out for the surgery was okay with me.

Posted by Chris at October 18, 2011 7:25 AM

I am with you. I don't want anything done to me without sedation!

Posted by: Maribeth at October 18, 2011 10:33 AM

Doctors are also much more willing to use sedation nowadays because it has become much safer. I've had the same eye surgery twice, once with twilight and 15 years later with sedation. The doctor explained how much safer sedation has become, but also discussed how much easier it is to perform eye surgery on someone who can't talk. (The twilight drugs made me very chatty.)

Posted by: Mary W at October 18, 2011 12:14 PM

Sedation is good. Sharp objects purposefully coming near one's body is reason enough :P

Posted by: Heather at October 19, 2011 8:21 PM

Dude, if sedation is an option? I will take it Every. Time. I do NOT need to be awake for that. (When I had my gum graft earlier this year, general anesthetic wasn't an option, so I took all the valium they'd give me. All I have to say about that is it was so NOT the same.)

Posted by: Dawn at October 20, 2011 3:08 AM