Newborn Circumcision

Circumcision is a procedure where the foreskin is removed exposing the head of the penis.

Symptoms

There is no medical indication for circumcision in the newborn period. All babies have a tight foreskin and attempts should not be made to retract it. However some religions and cultures favour having newborn male children circumcised. For some religions it is an absolute imperative. For some cultures, it is considered to be more hygienic and likely to limit the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. It is illegal and wrong to perform any form of female "circumcision".

Treatment

Newborn circumcisions should be performed with the administration of local anaesthetic under strict asceptic conditions in a dedicated minor procedure room. We utilise the plastibel® technique under local anaesthetic for babies under the age of 8 weeks old. It is essential that both parents consent to the procedure being carried out. During this procedure, a plastic ring is placed between the head of the penis and the foreskin and a string tied around it. After a few days, the ring falls off leaving a circumcised penis.

The procedure takes about 15 minutes and you will be able to take your baby home immediately afterwards.

Post-Op

You will be able to take your baby home immediately afterwards. We prescribe some local anaesthetic gel to take home and apply regularly for the following 2 days. We usually ask that you keep the area as dry as possible for a couple of days and then bathe normally after that.

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