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Clinicaltrials.gov identifier NCT03938415
Recruitment Status Recruiting
First Posted May 6, 2019
Last update posted July 5, 2019
This study compares auricular (ear) acupuncture and body acupuncture (Koffman protocol) versus clinic standardized pre-vasectomy medications to determine which has better outcomes at improving pre-procedural anxiety and procedural pain relief and medication usage in adult male patients following vasectomy.
The investigators will compare auricular (ear) and body acupuncture (Koffman protocol) versus clinic standardized pre-vasectomy medications to determine which has better outcomes at improving pre-procedural anxiety and procedural pain relief and medication usage in adult male patients following vasectomy. In this efficacy trial, the investigators hypothesize that acupuncture will provide therapeutic anxiety and pain relief during and after vasectomy. The investigators will measure anxiety immediately before and prior to the procedure and before and after the intervention via a standardized anxiety scale (comparative). The investigators will also measure pain control immediately after the procedure using Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS). At the post op check (2-4 days after procedure) subjects will fill out a patient satisfaction survey. During the recovery period over 2 weeks, a medication usage diary will be kept by the subject including the time when the patient returns to full duties.
Acupuncture involving the Koffman protocol (body acupuncture) for anxiety control (needles will be placed at bilateral LR-3, bilateral LI-4, GV 24.5 and GV 20) and Auricular ATP Plus (ear) for pain control (needles will be placed at points hippocampus, amygdala, hypothalamus, prefrontal cortex, Point Zero, Shen Men, vagus, insula, external genitalia). Subjects who tolerate the auricular needles will be offered replacement with ASP acupuncture needles for continued pain management post-procedure. The subjects will receive local anesthetic during the vasectomy per standardized clinic protocol.
|Active Comparator: Standardized pre-procedure medications
The clinic standardized pre-procedure medications alone
Other: Standardized pre-procedure medications
The clinic standardized pre-procedure medications alone (which include diazepam 5 mg by mouth (PO) x1 30 minutes prior to the procedure, an additional 5 mg PO x1 15 minutes later if desired effect is not achieved; and oxycodone/acetaminophen 5/325 mg PO x 1 30 minutes prior to the procedure. The subjects will receive local anesthetic during the vasectomy per standardized clinic protocol.
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**Patients must be able to get care at Nellis Air Force Base (a military installation) in
order to participate in this study**
- Male active duty members and DoD beneficiaries aged 25 years or older
- Scheduled for a vasectomy
- Repeat vasectomy
- Chronic pain medication/benzodiazepine use
- Current pain contract/pain management
- Current anxiolytic medication
- History of needle shock
- Diagnosis of anxiety
- Needle phobia
- Blood/injury phobia
- History of vasovagal reflex response
Contact: Jill M Clark, MBA 7026533298 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Amanda J Crawford, BA 7026532113 email@example.com
United States, Nevada
Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center
Wunsch JK, Klausenitz C, Janner H, Hesse T, Mustea A, Hahnenkamp K, Petersmann A, Usichenko TI. Auricular acupuncture for treatment of preoperative anxiety in patients scheduled for ambulatory gynaecological surgery: a prospective controlled investigation with a non-randomised arm. Acupunct Med. 2018 Aug;36(4):222-227. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2017-011456. Epub 2018 Jul 9.
Wang SM, Maranets I, Weinberg ME, Caldwell-Andrews AA, Kain ZN. Parental auricular acupuncture as an adjunct for parental presence during induction of anesthesia. Anesthesiology. 2004 Jun;100(6):1399-404.