Infant Circumcision

What is circumcision?

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 circumcisions.

 

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 stitches. 

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What is involved?

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What happens during the circumcision procedure?

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

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What are the major issues and considerations of circumcision?

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 reasons.

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 opinion. 

 

 

Recovery

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Are there any side effects or after effects of circumcision?

Complications that can occur with the method I use are infection and meatal stenosis. Other methods of circumcision can result in more serious complications, which is why he uses the trimmer alone.

Meatal 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.

Costs

How much does the circumcision procedure cost?

The circumcision procedure costs $275.

Booking

Please phone reception at Broadway Medical Centre  to enquire about booking.

Phone:   03 477 4335

Fax:       03 477 4337

E-mail: enquries@broadwaymed.co.nz