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CHAT: Elective surgery (was: Interbeing)

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 27, 2002, 22:20
> Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 16:43:29 -0500 > From: Padraic Brown <agricola@...> > > Am 27.02.02, Kala Tunu yscrifef: > >[Attribution lost]: > >> And tomorrow, a lengthier opus on "Circumcision". Fear not, o > >> squeamish ones; it's not a medical treatise, [...]
> > ouch. i don't want to read this. does anyone here whitness whether > > it really hurts when you're an adult?
> If I have any say in the matter, the anesthetist _will_ make sure > the man is dead to the world for the duration. In answer to your > question, yes, it hurts like bloody hell. Suture needles, knives, > electrocautery, scissors, clamps, little tweezers with teeth, and > a few other friendly looking instruments of torture all play a > vital part.
Circumcision in adults is an elective procedure, usually cosmetic or to alleviate functional problems. As a matter of sane medical risk management, it does not merit a general anesthetic, which has a risk of .1 to 1 percent of life threatening complications even in healthy young adults. Now meditate on how to do a local anesthetic of the affected part... (The same goes for dental surgery. A general anesthetic should only be used if a local is strongly contraindicated. I'm told that general anesthetis is the standard procedure in the US. See above on sanity). Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)


Bryan Maloney <bjm10@...>
John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Padraic Brown <agricola@...>