Silver Nitrate, applied via long wooden matchstick type applicators, was a popular choice for cautery by modification practitioners back in the 1980s/90s for less invasive procedures like meatotomy and clitoral hood splitting. While cutting lower down the shaft might require a more surgical approach, complete with sutures, opening the urethra (usually to a healed Prince Albert piercing hole that acted as an anchor) was an in-and-out procedure that could be done practically blood-free.
The nitrate was moistened with distilled water and rolled onto the edges of cut open tissue, causing a light chemical burn that helped to keep the tissue from reopening; as a side effect the patient was left with a blackish stain on the affected area that would usually only last for a week or so.
This photo from 1992 features a healing meatotomy with silver nitrate stains. Continue reading
I imported almost 100gb of raw 8mm (cassette) video yesterday; I’m still sorting and storing everything but the content will hopefully rolling out here on SD over the next few weeks. One of the more surprising clips I rediscovered was of BRAVO! owner/piercer Mike Natali performing a glans superincision (which would, I suppose, still be considered a meatotomy) at his Brandon, Florida shop probably sometime in 1996-7.
I apparently filmed it but I have zero recollection of it. Memory is a funny thing.
I’ve received a few emails lately questioning my decision to feature content here on SD that shows practitioners working without gloves on. Most have been polite, with a ‘I understand what you’re trying to do’ caveat ahead of the eventual use of the words ‘unprofessional’ or ‘dangerous to us all.”
The truth is, I get it. The content I tend to favor is history content and a lot of it features unsterile technique due to the time period it originated in. I try to be responsible and add my own caveats about responsible modification behavior- but ultimately I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Sacred Debris is a fairly niche blog and most of our visitors ‘get’ that these photos are old and that they’re being presented for archival and not a how-to.
I respect the arguments that have been brought up- but we’re living in a world where Amazon.com and Ebay sell tattoo kits, there are commercially made hand-poke kits and there are nose removal procedurals on Instagram; I don’t think that a 30 year old photo of someone piercing a PA without gloves is the worst game in town.
That said- I’ll absolutely work harder to add the warning on every post that features practitioners working without gloves. Like this image here- which has sadly suffered water damage. There’s no information on the back save that the meatotomy was done in 1982.
As with all modification practices- gloves should be worn (and changed as situations require) throughout the procedure.
What are your thoughts?