Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin,
which is the skin that covers the tip of the penis. The
circumcision procedure is best performed on babies between one and
two weeks old, or a small baby 2-3 months old, generally no
older. I do not do older child or adult
I have been performing infant circumcisions for over 30 years,
using a device called a trimmer. This method results in an
excellent cosmetic outcome, and does not require
Firstly, the penis is anaesthetised with local anaesthetic. The
nurse then holds the baby while I perform the procedure.
It only takes a few minutes - there is virtually no blood loss,
and the baby feels no pain.
When the procedure is finished, tape is placed over the penis
shaft, and can be taken off after a day or two.
Most parents report no problems with their baby after the
circumcision procedure. For most babies, pain does not appear to be
an issue, but an appropriate dose of liquid paracetamol is
effective if the baby is upset
I continue to perform circumcisions despite current trends in
New Zealand, because I wish to provide a safe and experienced
service for parents who want their son circumcised. Most of
these young patients are circumcised for religious and cultural
Where religion and culture is not an issue, I urge parents to
think very carefully about why they want the procedure done.
Cosmetic appearance is probably not a good arguement, and
once the procedure has been done, there is no going back.
There are a lot of websites that give both sides of the
arguement. Please take the time to look at them if you are
considering this important decision and form your own
Complications that can occur with the method I use are infection
stenosis. Other methods of circumcision can result in more
serious complications, which is why he uses the trimmer alone.
stenosis occurs where the urethral outlet of the penis narrows,
usually as a result of recurrent irritation or infection from nappy
rash. The narrowed urethral outlet sometimes requires surgical
stretching to maintain urine flow. I personally have never
seen an infection or meatal
stenosis in any of my patients.
On the positive side, cancer of the penis is virtually unheard
of in circumcised men. The usual treatment for this is
amputation of the penis.
Some reports claim less transmission of infections, including
sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, in circumcised men when
compared to uncircumcised men.
Some studies also show less cervical cancer in the
partners of circumcised men.
The circumcision procedure costs $275.
Please phone reception at Broadway Medical Centre to enquire about
Phone: 03 477 4335
Fax: 03 477 4337