What is circumcision?
Infant male circumcision is commonly practiced around the world. Families most often choose to have boys circumcised for cultural or religious reasons. There are some minor health benefits associated with circumcision, but these are balanced by the minor risks associated with the procedure. We support families that choose to circumcise their infants as well as those who choose not to.
We perform infant circumcision using local anesthesia. Some infants have a medical reason to postpone circumcision. In these boys, we perform the procedure in the operating room using general anesthesia. When boys are uncircumcised as newborns and circumcision is chosen later in infancy, childhood or adolescence, we perform operative circumcision with general anesthesia.
Revision is sometimes required after infant circumcision. We most often revise circumcisions if there are dense adhesions between the head of the penis and residual foreskin or if there is conspicuous asymmetry (unevenness) of the residual foreskin.
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