For those who so helpfully answered my question about the possible danger in using anesthesia for a minor procedure, Heady, Strelley, Goldcap, Alana, carolinesimmons, Sawa and Jimbo, I want to say thanks again. The doctor was fine with trying it with a local, warning that he would stop if my guy expressed too much discomfort. My guy toughed it out today. I was there and could see that it wasn't easy, but he said afterwards, "I'm glad I didn't have anesthesia for THAT." What a trouper. I was so relieved. Thanks, everyone, for helping us to make this clearly correct decision! This site is such a wonderful resource and a comfort. On we go!