What is a circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgery that removes the skin that covers the tip of the penis, called the foreskin. It is usually done between the ages of 10 days to 45 days. We do babies up to 6 weeks old or 11 lbs in weight.
What are the benefits of circumcision?
Circumcised boys seem to have slightly lower rates of:
Urinary tract infections
Swelling of the opening of the tip of the penis
HIV and infections that you can catch during sex
What are the risks of circumcision?
Only about 1 out of 200 circumcisions can lead to these problems
Bleeding or infection after surgery
Damage to the penis
Can cut too much or not enough skin of the penis
A chance that sex won't feel as good later in life
How is the procedure performed?
The baby boy will be examined and the penis will be cleaned.
Small local injections will be done that freeze the penis so that the boy does not experience any pain during the procedure.
Sterilized equipment will be used by the doctor to remove the skin and a Plastibell will be put in place.
You will receive instructions on how to care for your boy after the procedure.
You will also be given a letter to give to your family doctor that describes the procedure in more detail.
He will be followed up with the next day and you will receive Dr. Botha's cell phone number in case you have any questions or conerns.