What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the skin (called “foreskin”) around the tip of a boy’s penis. This leaves the end of the penis without the usual skin covering. If you decide not to circumcise your son, his penis will look like this. If you decide to circumcise your son, his penis will look like this.
Is it necessary to have a circumcision done?
There is no absolute medical reason for doing a circumcision. There is no right or wrong choice. Some parents want their son to look like his father or brother. Some parents desire to have the circumcision done for religious reasons. Many parents choose not to have their son circumcised.
What are the benefits of circumcision?
What are the possible complications?
How is the circumcision done?
Your baby will be placed on a special board to keep him from moving too much. He may be given a pacifier. The penis will be cleaned off and a local anesthetic will be injected or EMLA cream will be applied to temporarily “numb” the area. Then the foreskin is taken off with a special metal “bell”, clamp or plastic ring (plastibell) that protects the head of the penis while the foreskin is removed. If a plastibell is used your baby will go home with a plastic ring that will fall off in 5 to 10 days.
How should I care for my baby after circumcision?
How should I clean the baby’s penis?
Call Dr. Dullye’s office or your pediatrician if you notice:
Last modified: March 26, 2014